Babis Anagnostopoulos has been charged with murdering his wife (Image: Cover Images)
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The Greek husband of murdered Brit Caroline Crouch has appeared in court wearing a bullet-proof vest.
Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, has been charged with murdering his wife after he reportedly confessed to killing the 20-year-old.
Police claim he initially lied about his wife's death by claiming that she was killed during a robbery at their house in Glyka Nera, Athens, Greece.
He has now allegedly told detectives that he staged the robbery because he feared going to prison and wanted to raise their daughter, reports say.
The accused confessed after more than eight hours of interrogation, it is claimed.
According to Mail Online, Greek police chief Petros Tzeferis said Anagnostopoulos told detectives: "I tied myself up.
Caroline Crouch was allegedly killed in front of her 11-month-old child
"I did everything because when I realised I killed her, I thought of my child."
Shockingly, he was seen hugging Caroline's mother Susan Dela Cuesta at a memorial on the island of Alonissos just hours before making the alleged confession.
His lawyer, Vassilis Spyrou, told Greek media on Friday that Anagnostopoulos had told him following the alleged confession: "I am sorry. I want to be punished for what I did."
It came as a friend of Ms Crouch claimed to Greek news site Ethnos that Anagnostopoulos was jealous and controlling, and Ms Crouch was not happy in the relationship.
The accused was filmed hugging Caroline's mother Susan Dela Cuesta just hours before making the alleged confession
The friend said: "This was not a happy couple, but a troubled relationship. He was jealous of her and would let her do almost nothing.
"She could not have the time she wanted with her friends and she was constantly expressing her complaints about his behaviour."
It is alleged that Ms Crouch had had enough and was preparing to end her marriage.
According to Greek media, Anagnostopoulos allegedly told police: "I killed her. I will tell you everything."
He added: "That night we were fighting early. At one point she threw the child in the crib and told me to leave the house.
Anagnostopoulos allegedly told police he had been fighting with his wife before he killed her
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"She pushed me and punched me. I lost my temper, I suffocated her with the pillow. Τhen I made up the robbery."
Detectives reportedly suspect the murder was pre-meditated because a memory card was removed from a security camera inside the living room before Ms Crouch was killed last month.
It comes after Greek police yesterday revealed he had confessed to officers.
The Hellenic Police tweeted: "Investigation of the homicide of a 20-year-old native that took place on May 11, 2021, in Glyka Nera.
Anagnostopoulos allegedly told police he staged a robbery at their home in a bid to trick officers
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"The perpetrator is her 33-year-old husband, who confessed to his act."
Police flew by helicopter to a Greek island where Anagnostopoulos was mourning his wife's death with relatives to speak with him yesterday, reports say.
It was claimed they approached him discreetly following a memorial service near the cemetery of Alonissos and told him they had new information that he should see immediately.
According to local reports, he was asked to follow the officers back to police headquarters in Athens.
The helicopter pilot previously claimed robbers burst into his home at about 5am, tied and gagged him and his wife and demanded cash and jewellery at gunpoint.
The accused said he then told them where to find about £10,000 worth of euros in a Monopoly box – cash that the couple had on hand to pay builders after buying land.
Caroline died in front of her 11-month-old child at the family home.