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A Greek man charged with the premeditated murder of his British wife is being held in solitary confinement to protect him from being attacked by other inmates, it is reported.

Charalambos (Babis) Anagnostopoulos, 33, reportedly confessed to smothering Caroline Crouch, 20, with a pillow in front of their 11-month-old daughter.

A police officer who handcuffed Anagnostopoulos was one of Ms Crouch's friends, and the husband cracked jokes with police as he was taken back to Athens to be interrogated, it is claimed.

Ms Crouch's husband had initially said she was strangled by one of three burglars who stormed into the family's home in an upscale suburb of Athens on the morning of May 11.

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Helicopter pilot Charalambos (Babis) Anagnostopoulos, 33, is charged with premeditated murder
(Image: Babis Anagnostopoulos/Instagram)

But police say helicopter pilot Anagnostopoulos on Thursday confessed to killing his wife and their pet dog, and staging a violent robbery in a bid to cover up his crime.

A coroner's report on Saturday suggested Ms Crouch was attacked while she was sleeping at 4am, and suffered a slow, agonising death as she was suffocated for six minutes in an upstairs bedroom.

Anagnostopoulos is being held in a detention centre at Athens' police headquarters.

He is alone in a call and under guard to prevent an attack by other inmates or the possibility of the husband attempting to harm himself, Protothema reported.

His lawyer, Alexandros Papaioannidis, who visited his client on Friday night, said Anagnostopoulos has started to realise the "magnitude" of the situation and is in a "bad" psychological state.

Anagnostopoulos allegedly confessed to killing his wife, Caroline Crouch

Mr Papaioannidis claims it was not a pre-planned murder, and Anagnostopoulos blamed his actions on "his wife's behaviour".

There are no witnesses to corroborate the husband's claim.

The defence will not request a psychiatric examination of Anagnostopoulos, Mr Papaioannidis added.

Detectives are said to suspect the murder was premeditated because a memory card was removed from the security camera before the killing.

Friends claim Anagnostopoulos was jealous and controlling, and Ms Crouch, a university student, had had enough and was preparing to end their marriage and seek a divorce.

Anagnostopoulos wore a bullet-proof vest and was escorted by police to a prosecutor's office on Friday

Diary entries reveal she had wanted to leave her husband for more than a year, but decided to stay because she "didn't want my daughter to grow up without her parents", the Amna news agency reported.

A friend of Ms Crouch claimed to Greek news site Ethnos: "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."

Family friend Hariklia Theodorou claims Ms Crouch's mother, Susan Dela Cuesta, did not suspect her son-in-law,

Ms Theodorou told Skai: "Susan is very angry. She is full of anger. It's like she's in a nightmare.

"She had placed all her hopes on Babis, she saw him as a continuation of her daughter. She had no idea, she had never suspected Babis."

Anagnostopoulos wore a bullet-proof vest and was escorted by heavily-armed police when he appeared at a prosecutor's office on Friday.

He was charged with premeditated murder, animal abuse and making false statements to police.

He faces life in prison if convicted.

Excerpts of Anagnostopoulos' alleged confession have been published by Greek media.

Ms Crouch moved to Greece with her family when she was eight-years-old

He allegedly told police: "I killed her. I will tell you everything in detail."

He is said to have told detectives that he smothered Ms Crouch with a pillow on their bed after she told him she wanted a divorce and for him to leave the house.

They had argued by text message earlier that night while he cradles their daughter on a sofa in the living room and she was in a room upstairs.

Police allege he also told how he strangled the dog and hung its body after killing his wife.

Anagnostopoulos claimed Ms Crouch had been angry at him that night and yelled at him after the baby started crying and woke her up, said police.

The couple began dating when Ms Crouch was in her teens
(Image: Babis Anagnostopoulos/Instagram)

He allegedly said: "That night we were fighting early. At one point she threw the child in the crib and told me to leave the house.

"She pushed me and punched me. I lost my temper, I suffocated her with the pillow. Τhen I made up the robbery.

"I tied myself up. I did everything because when I realised I killed her, I thought of my child.

"I never wanted to lie. I did what I did to evade arrest; to protect my daughter."

Anagnostopoulos allegedly told police he considered hiding of his wife's body before settling on a story about a robbery, Protothema reported.

Anagnostopoulos hugged Ms Crouch's grieving mother at a memorial service on Wednesday
(Image: Alpha/Youtube)

He allegedly told detectives: "I thought of making one last attempt so that (our daughter) might at least grow up with her father.

"I thought of disappearing the body, but it was impossible for me to do so. Just looking at her, I cried.

"The next thing I thought was to say that someone else did it. I would tell the police that robbers entered the house. I was in a panic.

"I did not know what to do. I thought that in order to look more plausible and to believe that rogue robbers had entered, I would have to hurt the dog.

"No one would have thought that I could harm a dog. With heartache I hung the dog leash on the railings of the stairs."

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The husband then reportedly told how he put his daughter next to Ms Crouch's body, and tried to make it look like burglars had tied him up and placed duct tape over his eyes and mouth.

He allegedly said: "Before tying myself, I took (my daughter) from the sofa where she was sleeping and put her on the bed next to Caroline."

A senior officer told Protothema: "It really didn't take long for him to confess.

"He said he had been fighting with Caroline for some time and they were fighting that night, exchanging heated text messages while he was on the ground floor and she was in the attic.

"At one point, when Caroline texted him that he was 'stupid', he lost his cool. He disabled the home's surveillance camera, discarding its memory card, before charging up to the attic where he had another heated argument with Caroline, pushing her onto a bed there, and smothering her to death."

Ms Crouch holds her baby daughter, who was born in June last year
(Image: Caroline Crouch/Instagram)

Anagnostopoulos, a helicopter pilot, initially claimed to detectives in May that university student Ms Crouch was strangled by a foreign gang of intruders while he was tied up in another room.

But police suspected him from the beginning and played along as they gathered evidence, sources told Greek media.

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

He was seen hugging his grief-stricken mother-in-law and left shortly afterwards with officers, who told him they wanted him to come back to Athens with them to discuss a breakthrough and new suspect in the case

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

The officer who handcuffed Anagnostopoulos was one of Ms Crouch's childhood friends, a source told Protothema.

The couple got married in 2019 but had been having problems, say friends
(Image: Instagram)

The source claims the husband was "relaxed" during the journey back to police headquarters in Athens, and was even cracking jokes with officers who were escorting him.

Detectives said the robbery story fell apart thanks to Ms Crouch's fitness tracker, data from Anagnostopoulos' mobile phone, and CCTV from the home in the upscale neighbourhood, Greek media reported.

Footage taken at 12.35am allegedly shows the Anagnostopoulos cradling his daughter on a sofa as he and Ms Crouch argued over text, Protothema reported.

Police say Anagnostopoulos removed the memory card from the security camera in the living room at 1.20am, and admitted to breaking it in half and flushing it down the toilet.

The husband and wife continued to text each other until about 3.15am.

According to a coroner's report obtained by the Amna news agency, she went to bed and was asleep for about six minutes until the murder began.

Ms Crouch's final Instagram photo showed her lifting her daughter into the air
(Image: Caroline Crouch/Instagram)

A fitness tracker on Ms Crouch's wrist indicated "a sleeping person" at 3.58am.

But a sharp increase in her heart rate was detected between 4.05am and 4.11am, as she was killed, according to the coroner's report.

Her heart stopped beating at about 4.11am.

The report gave the cause of death as suffocation, and said Ms Crouch also suffered a neck injury which may have been caused by a sharp object.

It is alleged that data from Anagnostopoulos phone showed him moving between the ground floor and attic of the home at a time when he claimed he was tied up.

It is alleged that after killing his wife, he strangled the dog and staged the robbery scene – tying his wife to the bed and making it look like he had been bound and blindfolded by the burglars.

A neighbour told Protothema they heard the dog "crying" at about 4.20am.

Anagnostopoulos had told police the intruders broke in at about 6am.

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