Mum’s ’10-min fight for life with husband’ recorded on fit watch, claim police
A Brit mum's 10-minute fight for life with her husband who is accused of murdering her was captured on her fitness watch, police in Greece have claimed.
Charalambos Anagnostopoulos is reported to have hugged and comforted Caroline Crouch's mum hours before admitting to police that he was the killer.
The Greek husband initially told police that burglars had burst into the home he shared with his wife Caroline Crouch and tied him up before strangling her to death and killing the family dog.
"One rarely encounters such barbarity in Greece, in Greek society, even among criminals," said the country’s minister for public order, Michalis Chrisochoidis.
But shortly after his wife’s funeral, Anagnostopoulos, 33, was subjected to a six-hour interrogation by police – who presented him with a trail of evidence that strongly suggested he was the murderer, according to police.
"When faced with the evidence he confessed," said Apostolos Skrekas, a spokesman for the Hellenic Police.
Anagnostopoulos confessed to police that he had killed his wife because she had threatened to leave him and take their year-old baby with her.
A tracker on Anagnostopoulos’s mobile phone showed that he had been moving around his home for much of the night, disproving the claim that he had been tied down by intruders.
Also, his 20-year-old wife had been wearing a Fitbit-type device on her wrist, which revealed that her heart had stopped beating a full hour before the alleged burglars had broken in.
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Anagnostopoulos, a helicopter pilot, and flight instructor claimed he had been tied up and had to dial 100 – the Greek equivalent of 999 – with the tip of his nose after the assailants broke in.
He says three Albanian men wearing hoodies burst into the house shouting: "Tell us where the money is, [or] we will kill the baby," before making off with cash and jewellery worth about £13,000.
But while Anagnostopoulos told police that the attackers had broken in at around 5am, data from his wife’s smartwatch showed that her heart had stopped a full hour earlier, after a desperate ten-minute struggle for life.
CCTV evidence showed that he had removed a memory card from the camera system – contradicting his story that the burglars took it.
Police say he then raced around the house creating a plausible crime scene, drowning and hanging the family dog to paint a picture of a deadly home invasion and coldheartedly placing his baby daughter next to Caroline’s body to support his story.
But after her funeral, he broke down under interrogation. According to police, Anagnostopoulos admitted: "That night we had been arguing from early on.
"At some point, she threw the child in her cot and she told me to get up and leave the house."
"She pushed me and punched me," Anagnostopoulos told police.
"My judgement became blurred, I strangled her, and then I staged the robbery."
Skrekas told The Times: "He claimed he acted in rage at a time of crisis with his wife. He explained in full detail how he strangled the victim."
Police claim the 33-year-old is a "top-class actor" who convinced them for over a month that he was a victim of the horrific crime.
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