Pilot gives five-hour testimony on wife’s killing

Pilot gives five-hour testimony on wife's killing
Babis Anagnostopoulos, shown here on 18 June, wore a bullet-proof vest to his court appearance. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: A helicopter pilot who confessed that he has killed his British wife in Greece and tried to make it look like a robbery has given a five-hour testimony.

The 33-year-old Babis Anagnostopoulos wore a bullet-proof vest and was surrounded by heavily armed guards when he arrived at the Athens courthouse on Tuesday.

He is accused of killing his wife, Caroline Crouch (21), on 11 May, in a crime that has shocked Greece.

He was arrested after police analysed mobile phone and smart watch data.

Women’s rights activists heckled Mr Anagnostopoulos as he was led into the courthouse.

A coroner’s report said Ms Crouch was attacked while she was sleeping, and that “asphyxiation took five to six minutes”.

The pilot, who police say confessed last week, was taken to Korydallos prison in Athens on Tuesday evening, Greece’s largest jail.

Kathimerini daily reported that on his way to the jail he addressed journalists at the courthouse saying “a big apology”.

Greek media is reporting that he made two requests in his testimony – to bring in friends and family as witnesses for greater understanding of his relationship with Ms Crouch and to get expert examination on his home security camera.

He also denied the killing of his wife was premeditated, and said it happened in the heat of the moment.

For a month after his wife’s death, Mr Anagnostopoulos told police that three robbers had broken into the couple’s home in Glyka Nera, near Athens, tied them up and gagged them while their one-year-old daughter slept.

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