Caroline Crouch’s husband has confessed to killing her

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Murdered Caroline Crouch told her husband she wanted to leave and take their child, it was revealed yesterday.

Pages leaked from her diary yesterday include multiple entries detailing fights between her and pilot Babis Anagnostopoulos, 32.

Babis this week finally confessed to killing his 20-year-old wife after police confronted him with evidence proving his claims she was killed by brutal burglars could not be true.

One diary entry, written in July 2020 when the couple’s daughter Lydia was just one month old, read: “Today my little one is a month old – it’s also the day I told Babi I want to leave… I feel awful.”

Brit Caroline also wrote that she thought of leaving even before giving birth but, despite finding a house in Athens to go to, she stayed because she “didn’t want my daughter to grow up without her parents”.

Charalambos Anagnostopoulos known as Babis

And in December 2019, she wrote: “I fought with Babi again. This time it was serious. I hit him, I cursed at him and he broke down the door. All I wanted was for him to ask how I am when I woke up. I woke up so weak and tired. I am thinking of leaving.

“I am thinking of going to my sister, I don’t know if I can keep going with Babi. I love him so much that I can’t leave him even though this relationship hurts me.”

Pals of Caroline last night blasted “cold-blooded” Babis and said her mum, Susan, had been unable to face visiting her grave, which is decorated with a wedding photo, since his arrest.

Babis had been pictured hugging Susan at a memorial on Wednesday, moments before he was arrested. He also gave a speech at Caroline’s funeral as tearful loved-ones watched.

Caroline’s friend and former English literature teacher Kiki Anagnostou said: “The behaviour of Carol’s ­husband at the funeral was bordering on cold-blooded.

“He held the baby in his arms the whole time – he didn’t let anyone else carry her, not even for a minute. But back then nobody suspected him.”

Caroline with her baby before she was killed

Another pal branded him a “monster” adding: “He made us all cry with his speech at her funeral. He looked so icy, but we thought he was just in shock.”

In his confession, Babis admitted staging a fake raid at their home in Glyka Nera, near Athens on May 11,

He invented a story that three burglars had tied up the couple and threatened their daughter with a gun, before strangling Caroline, killing the family dog and stealing £10,000.

Detectives initially investigated his claims, but data collected from Caroline’s fitness tracker showed that her heart had stopped before the break-in was supposed to have taken place.

Babis confessed to killing his wife
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Babis’s full confession was yesterday leaked to Greek media.

In it he claimed he suffocated Caroline accidently during a row then plotted his elaborate cover-up so their daughter did not lose both parents.

Babis said he killed the dog “to make it look plausible – no one would have thought I could harm a dog”. A family friend said Susan had visited her daughter’s tomb, yards from her former home, up to three times a day until Babis’ arrest adding: “She can’t believe the way Babis betrayed her and their family.”

Caroline Crouch was just 20

Susan’s witness statement was also yesterday made public, in which she said Caroline had told her “every day she was so happy and blissful” since the arrival of her daughter last year.

Filipino Susan, who owns a cleaning firm, said: “She never complained to me about having problems.

A friend of Caroline’s family last night added: “There were rumours after the murder that Babis may have done it and we were basically insulting those who were saying it telling them we couldn’t believe a thing like this was possible.

“Last time I saw the four of them – Caroline, Susan, Babis and the baby – together they seemed really happy. When I heard about his confession I couldn’t believe it.”