'Killer' husband seen on CCTV holding baby just before 'smothering' Brit wife

A CCTV image taken by a British woman about four hours before she was murdered shows her husband holding her baby on a sofa.

Police don’t know why Ms. Crouch, 20, took the picture with a cell phone app connected to the home’s security system, according to Greek media.

Her husband Charalambos (Babis) Anagnostopoulos was charged with premeditated murder after allegedly confessing to suffocating her with a pillow in front of her 11-month-old daughter Lydia.

The picture found on Ms. Crouch’s phone was captured by a CCTV camera in the couple’s living room in suburban Athens on May 11 just before 12:01 p.m. when they argued by text message in separate rooms.

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Ms. Crouch was alone in an upstairs bedroom at the time while Anagnostopoulos, 33, kept the couple’s daughter on a living room sofa while they argued, according to police.

Detectives claim Anagnostopoulos removed the camera’s memory card and flushed the toilet shortly after 1 a.m.

This led them to believe that the murder of the college student and mother was planned by a woman, Ms. Crouch.

Friends claim Anagnostopoulos was jealous and controlling, and Mrs Crouch had had enough and was preparing to end her marriage and get a divorce.

Diary entries indicate that she had wanted to leave her husband for more than a year but had decided to stay because she “didn’t want my daughter to grow up without her parents,” Amna news agency reported.

Caroline Crouch and Babis Anagnostopoulos with their little daughter Lydia

Helicopter pilot Anagnostopoulos initially told police burglars stormed into the family’s home in upscale Glyka Nera, handcuffing and gagging him and his wife, and threatening their baby with a gun while demanding cash and jewelry.

Anagnostopoulos claimed that one of the three intruders strangled his wife and killed her dog, a husky, who was found hanging on a railing.

He claimed he was handcuffed and blindfolded in a separate room and temporarily passed out during the attack. He speculated that his life was spared because he was dead on the floor.

He told police the thieves stole around 10,000 euros worth of euros hidden in a Monopoly box. A photo of the Monopoly box taken by police also emerged on Monday as police reported there was no cash in the house.

Detectives say they suspected Anagnostopoulos from the start of their investigation, claiming he confessed when he presented new evidence during an eight-hour interrogation last Thursday.

Anagnostopoulos allegedly admitted to suffocating his wife with a pillow after they quarreled and she told him she wanted to get a divorce and leave the house.

Then he staged a violent robbery, even strangling the dog and hanging him up to back up his story, police claim.

Anagnostopoulos is said to have told the investigators: “That night we argued early. At some point she threw the child into the crib and told me to leave the house.

“She pushed and hit me. I lost my temper, I smothered her with the pillow. When I invented robbery.

“I tied myself up. I did everything because when I realized I had killed her, I thought of my child.”

A Monopoly box in the house where Caroline Crouch was murdered

A coroner’s report indicated that Ms. Crouch was assaulted while she was sleeping and suffered a slow, agonizing death in the early hours of May 11th.

Detectives said the robbery story collapsed thanks to Ms. Crouch’s fitness tracker, data from Anagnostopoulos’ cell phone and CCTV from the living room, Greek media reported.

The screen snapped by Mrs Crouch shows Anagnostopoulos and his daughter on the sofa just seconds after midnight.

Footage captured at 12:35 p.m. allegedly shows him cradling his daughter on a sofa while he and Ms. Crouch argued over text. Proto-theme reported.

Police say that at 1:20 a.m., Anagnostopoulos removed the memory card from the surveillance camera in the living room and admitted breaking it in half and flushing the toilet.

The grave of Caroline Crouch

The husband and wife continued texting each other until around 3:15 a.m.

According to a coroner’s report Amna News Agency she went to bed and slept for about six minutes before the murder began.

A fitness tracker on Ms. Crouch’s wrist indicated “a sleeping person” at 3:58 am.

However, according to the coroner’s report, a sharp increase in her heart rate was noted between 4:05 a.m. and 4:11 a.m. when she was killed.

Her heart stopped beating around 4:11 a.m.

Babis Anagnostopoulos leaves the court accompanied by the police

The report named suffocation as the cause of death.

It is alleged that data from Anagnostopoulo’s phone showed that he was moving between the ground floor and the attic of the house when he claimed to be handcuffed.

He allegedly told police he was considering hiding her body, but panicked and decided to stage a robbery and make it look like his wife had been killed by intruders.

He is said to have told detectives that he laid his daughter next to Mrs. Crouch’s body.

A neighbor told Protothema that he heard the dog “cry” around 4:20 am.

Anagnostopoulos reportedly told police during his confession that he was handcuffed and taped over his mouth and eyes before calling for help.

When the police responded to an emergency call around 6 a.m., they found Ms. Crouch dead and tied to a bed and her daughter tried to wake her up.

Anagnostopoulos was found in another room nearby.

Last week he was charged with willful murder, animal abuse and false testimony to the police.

He was attending a memorial service for his wife on the island of Alonnisos, where she grew up, when he was approached by police and brought back to Athens for interrogation.

He was seen hugging his sad mother-in-law and shortly thereafter went with officials who told him they wanted him to return to Athens with them to discuss a breakthrough and a new suspect in the case

But Anagnostopoulos was soon told he was the suspect and he confessed during an eight-hour interrogation, police said.

The couple’s baby remains in the care of Anagnostopoulos’ parents, but a court will soon decide who will have custody of the girl.

Ms. Crouch was born in the UK and moved to Alonnisos when she was eight. She grew up there by her British father David Crouch and her Filipino mother Susan Dela Cuesta.

An elderly neighbor claims the family are considering changing Mrs. Crouch’s tombstone because it contains a photo of her on her wedding day and the words “Our Beloved Mother, Wife, and Daughter.”

The neighbor told MailOnline: “He did not love his wife. This stone needs to be changed.”


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