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A British woman suffered a slow and agonising death as she was suffocated for up to six minutes in her bed, a coroner's report says.

The report suggested Caroline Crouch, 20, was attacked while she was sleeping, and found there was a sharp increase in her heart rate before she died.

Her husband Charalambos (Babis) Anagnostopoulos was charged with premeditated murder after he allegedly confessed to smothering her with a pillow in front of their 11-month-old daughter.

Ms Crouch's husband had initially told police 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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UK-born Caroline Crouch moved to Greece with her family when she was eight-years-old

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

Detectives said the robbery story fell apart thanks to Ms Crouch's fitness tracker, data from Anagnostopoulos' mobile phone, and CCTV from the living room of 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.

Charalambos (Babis) Anagnostopoulos was charged with the murder of his wife Ms Crouch

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.

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.

It is alleged 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 also 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.

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

He was being held in solitary confinement for his own protection at a police station in Athens, local media reported.

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.

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."

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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.

Anagnostopoulos wore a bullet-proof vest as he was escorted to a prosecutor's office on Friday

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

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, hoping it would strengthen his story about a burglary.

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.

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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.

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

Anagnostopoulos was jealous and controlling of Ms Crouch, friends claim
(Image: Babis Anagnostopoulos/Instagram)

"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."

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.

Helicopter pilot Anagnostopoulos, 33, faces life in prison if convicted
(Image: Babis Anagnostopoulos/Instagram)

"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."

Anagnostopoulos 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.

He 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 questioning.

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