A Greek pilot who killed his British wife cried as he broke down in tears as excerpts of the victim’s diary detailing their bitter fights and her plans to leave him and are read out in court
Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, is on trial for murdering spouse Caroline Crouch, 20
He broke down in court today when excerpts of Caroline’s diary were read
The excerpts detailed their troubled relationship and her desire to leave him
Earlier a psychiatrist said Anagnostopoulos had a ‘psychopathic personality’
Greek pilot Babis Anagnostopoulos broke down in tears today as excerpts of his British wife’s diary in which she detailed their troubled relationship before he killed her were read out in court.
In the entries it was revealed that Caroline Crouch told him she wanted to end their relationship in July 2020, when their baby was a month old.
Anagnostopoulos had to be comforted by his lawyer as the court heard Caroline also admitted that she wanted to leave before she fell pregnant but changed her mind, saying: ‘I didn’t want my daughter to grow up without her parents’.
The heartbreaking entries also told of bitter fights between the pair, with Caroline recalling one where she ‘hit him’ before he ‘broke down a door’.
One entry read by the judge stated: ‘I fought with Babi again. This time it was serious.
‘I hit him, I cursed at him and he broke down the door.
Anagnostopoulos arrives at an Athens court escorted by armed police officers, where he is accused of killing his British wife Caroline Crouch
A family photo of Anagnostopoulos, Caroline and their young daughter Lydia taken shortly before Caroline’s death
British national Caroline Crouch, 20, was strangled to death by helicopter pilot Babis Anagnostopolous, 33
It was at this point that the pilot started sobbing. Ironically, he appeared unmoved earlier during the hearing when Caroline’s autopsy was read to the court.
It revealed that she was smothered for five minutes by Anagnostopoulos and died ‘in agony.’ Her official cause of death was given as asphyxiation.
After the hearing, Thanasis Harmanis, the lawyer for the Crouch family said: ‘Babis’s crocodile tears just underline how heartless he is and are an insult to the memory of Caroline.
‘He weeps when he hears about him being attacked by Caroline but does not shed a single tear after horrible details about her death are revealed. This is why her parents didn’t want to be at the case because they don’t want to be confronted by this charade.’
Anagnostopoulos is to give evidence on Wednesday.