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Greek pilot who killed British wife Caroline Crouch ‘told her father he did it to silence her’

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A Greek pilot wrote an explosive confession letter admitting to the murder of his British wife to silence her about his medicine racket, the victim’s father has claimed.

Babis Anagnostopoulos, 35, suffocated Caroline Crouch and their pet canine in entrance of their baby daughter Lydia in a faux burglary.

He was jailed for lifestyle previous summer season but now his father-in-legislation, David Crouch, has claimed the wife-killer specific his criminal offense in a typed letter.

Anagnostopoulos allegedly transported prescription drugs in his helicopter for a nearby gang but tried using to get out after confessing to Overlook Crouch, who threatened to go away him.

Greek pilot Babis Anagnostopoulos (pictured centre remaining escorted by law enforcement officers in Athens, Might 2022) wrote an explosive confession letter admitting to the murder of his British spouse to silence her over his medication racket, the victim’s father has claimed

Babis Anagnostopoulos (right), 34, was jailed for life for suffocating 20-year-old Caroline Crouch (left) to death at their home in a suburb of the Greek capital Athens on May 11 2021

Babis Anagnostopoulos (right), 34, was jailed for existence for suffocating 20-year-outdated Caroline Crouch (remaining) to demise at their house in a suburb of the Greek money Athens on May possibly 11 2021

The criminals then instructed the pilot he would have to silence his wife just after he let slip that she understood – so he killed Miss out on Crouch fearing if he did not he way too would be killed.

Lawyers for Anagnostopoulos dismissed the statements as ‘fake’ and component of manoeuvres ahead of their client’s attractiveness of his murder sentence afterwards this yr.

But Mr Crouch, 79, who lives on the Greek island of Alonissos, insists he has a typed letter in ‘very very good English’. 

He instructed Greek Tv set station Ant1: ‘I inform you why he murdered Caroline in front of his youngster. 

‘He was associated with a drug gang. There was a restaurant that Caroline and Babis made use of to go to and the person there who owned the restaurant was associated in drugs.

‘He spoke to Babis and he explained to him that the gang he was associated in essential a helicopter pilot and it was 1 job for which he’d paid out a good deal of cash.’ He continued: ‘Babis was extremely stupid. Instead of keeping his mouth shut he instructed Caroline.

‘Now, Caroline was a extremely honest particular person and mentioned she would not have nearly anything to do with it and if he ongoing with this drug business enterprise she would leave straight away and go to the Philippines.

Anagnostopoulos (right) was jailed for life last summer but now his father-in-law, David Crouch, has claimed the wife-killer detailed his crime in a typed letter

Anagnostopoulos (correct) was jailed for daily life last summertime but now his father-in-law, David Crouch, has claimed the spouse-killer in-depth his criminal offense in a typed letter

‘So, he advised the persons, the gang, that he couldn’t do it and they asked him why and – I just instructed you how silly he is – he said, ‘I advised my spouse and she stated if I keep on undertaking it she is heading to leave me.’

‘They mentioned, ‘Well, you can not notify your wife, you have received to retain her peaceful. If she thinks you she’ll often know this and one particular day she is going to chat and so we will have to get rid of her.’

Mr Crouch added: ‘That was the only rationale he killed her, simply because he considered if he didn’t both he and Caroline would be killed by the drug gang.’ 

He admitted the letter is not signed, but insisted: ‘If you talk to his mom, she’ll tell you what the fact is.’ It is the most current twist in the surprising murder of 19-12 months-old Skip Crouch at their villa in Alonissos in Might 2021.

Anagnostopoulos tied himself up immediately after strangling both of those his wife and 5-month-previous pet, Roxy, in advance of telling law enforcement they experienced been attacked by Albanian criminals.

He wept crocodile tears in a company at a hilltop cemetery on his wife’s dwelling island of Alonissos, hugging her distraught mom, Susan.

But Greek law enforcement unravelled his deception and Anagnostopoulos was presented 16 decades for killing his wife, and 11-and-a-half many years for killing their pet dog and perverting the course of justice.

Mr and Mrs Crouch, 58, received custody of their two-12 months-old granddaughter Lydia who is now dwelling with family in Mrs Crouch’s native Philippines.

Anagnostopoulos allegedly transported drugs in his helicopter for a local gang but tried to get out after confessing to Miss Crouch, who threatened to leave him

Anagnostopoulos allegedly transported medicine in his helicopter for a community gang but tried using to get out immediately after confessing to Miss out on Crouch, who threatened to leave him

But Anagnostopoulos’s mom and dad are appealing the determination – and consider they really should have custody of the kid.

Mr Crouch, a retired engineer from Liverpool, mentioned: ‘I do not assume it is proper that Lydia ought to mature up with the parents of the person who murdered her mother.’ Explaining how she is escalating up in the Philippines, he said: ‘Oh she is extremely, pretty content there.

‘My stepdaughter has a few of her personal youngsters and she performs with them constantly.

‘She phone calls my stepdaughter mummy and her husband daddy and she seems upon the kids of my step daughter as brothers and sisters.

‘So it would be absurd, in my feeling, to have her keep with the moms and dads of a person that murdered her mother.’ But Lydia does not still know what happened to her mother. ‘At the moment she isn’t going to imagine her mother was murdered,’ he said.

‘She just thinks her mother has died – she isn’t going to truly have an understanding of demise.

‘We have hardly ever spoken about her father at all she has in no way asked about her father and so we have by no means spoken about it.’ 

Responding to the allegations more than a confession letter, Alexandros Papaioannidis, for Anagnostopoulos, explained to the Mail: ‘All this is phony and I assume this is a shift from the father only for the attraction.’

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