The Greek pilot who killed his British spouse, Caroline Crouch, in May perhaps 2021 has confident his dad and mom to testify in his defence as he appeals his life sentence.
At an attraction listening to in Athens today he told the court docket ‘I regret what I did’ and apologised to the household of his late wife.
Babis Anagnostopoulos, 35, was sentenced to 27-and-a-50 % many years for strangling his wife, 20, in front of their infant boy or girl at their residence in Glyka Nera, Greece.
The 34-year-previous staged a crime scene, the place he tied himself up and hanged the couple’s pet dog, Roxy, from a bannister in a bid to throw police off the scent.
Babis appeared at courtroom soon after the demo was postponed when his defence lawyer, Alexandros Papaioannidis, fell ill and was unable to attend on 24 April.
Babis is wanting to persuade the courtroom that the murder of his wife was not premeditated but a ‘heat of the moment’ act.
Greek helicopter pilot Babis Anagnostopoulos leaves the Athens Court of Charm escorted by an armed law enforcement officer on 8 Could 2023
Anagnostopoulos advised the courtroom currently that he regretted what he did. Pictured in Athens, 8 Could
Charalambos (Babis) Anagnostopoulos (R) spouse Caroline Crouch (L) and their toddler daughter
‘Babis’ Anagnostopoulos was identified responsible of the pre-meditated murder of his spouse and sentenced to 27 and a fifty percent many years in jail in 2022 for the crimes.
He experienced claimed that burglars experienced damaged into the couple’s dwelling in East Attica, killing the puppy, Roxy, in an clear hard work to make the criminal offense appear additional realistic.
Babis was provided a 27-and-a-fifty percent 12 months jail sentence in Might previous calendar year for the crimes.
This included a jail term of 11 decades and six months for the killing of Roxy, as perfectly as a 21,000 euro high-quality (£18,316).
For the murder of his spouse, he obtained a everyday living sentence.
Immediately after the sentencing was passed, his attorney said the outcome was ‘expected’.
But Babis has sought to decrease the sentence on the foundation that, he promises, the killing was not premeditated.
In February, Crouch’s family spoke out towards the attraction.
Her father explained: ‘It is completely despicable that my daughter’s killer is seeking to get his prison sentence lowered due to the fact of his ‘good behaviour.’
‘The crime committed by the assassin, that of femicide, is a heinous criminal offense that must deserve notably critical punishment.
‘In my belief, adult males who destroy their wives, for whichever explanation, are the cheapest of the small, rating alongside paedophiles.’
Babis will now contact his parents and yet another 4 witnesses to consider the stand in his defence through the attraction.
In advance of present-day listening to, defence lawyer Alexandros Papaioannides reported: ‘There are likely to be very a lot of new witnesses and documents that will have aspects that will enable reverse this situation.
‘I consider there will be a far more proper assessment [by the court] of the situation that prevailed that day in regards to the criminal offense he committed and no matter whether it was committed in the heat of the instant.’
Babis Anagnostopoulos leaves the Athens Court of Appeal on 8 Could 2023
Babis Anagnostopoulos (left) is pictured with Caroline Crouch (proper)
Babis’ attorney, Alexandros Papaioannidis, has previously argued his customer is a ‘model prisoner’ who ‘reads a whole lot and functions in the prison canteen’ and need to not be punished for a criminal offense ‘that was never premeditated.’
The point out coroner has claimed that Crouch would have endured ‘a lengthy and agonising death’.
She was pinned down by the pilot as she slept in the couple’s Athens maisonette, resisting as she tried to fight again as he suffocated her for 5 minutes with a pillow.