Caroline Crouch’s husband, Babis Anagnostopoulos, was put on remand (pre-trial detention) on Tuesday following his confession that he murdered his wife on May 11.
The prosecutor assigned to the case agreed with the lead investigator that the 33-year-old pilot should be held in state custody while he awaits trial.
Crouch’s murderer escorted to jail
Anagnostopoulos spent five hours speaking to a prosecutor and providing his testimony on the crime before his fate was decided upon.
He was then taken out of the courthouse wearing a bulletproof vest by a large police escort and was led into a police vehicle. From there, he was driven straight to Korydallos Prison, Greece’s largest — and certainly most infamous — jail.
Although it was initially reported that Anagnostopoulos would spend his time temporarily incarcerated in the women’s wing of Korydallos, it has been revealed that he will actually be in the sixth ward of the prison. There, he will share a cell with three other detainees, two of whom are facing drug charges and the third being a corrupt former prison guard.
Anagnostopoulos’ lawyer, Alexandros Papaioannidis, spoke to the press to relay his client’s testimony.
“It was a long-term testimonial where the necessary clarifications were provided,” Crouch’s murderer’s representation said.
“The accused received several questions. He did not change his claims in terms of his initial testimony, while there are more facts that were made known to us. I convey the apologies of the accused.
“He concluded his testimony by saying ‘I wish I could turn time back, but unfortunately that’s not possible.’ He requested his punishment and claimed that there was absolutely no accomplices. The accused gave his own view of what happened. For him, what he did was in his child’s interest. He wants to give his help for the care of his child, which he would want to be undertaken by both families,” his lawyer said.
Anagnostopoulos: the murder was not premeditated
Current evidence suggests that Anagnostopoulos removed a memory card from his and Crouch’s home security system three hours before he killed her, which has led some to see the murder as premeditated.
However, during his conversation with the prosecutor on Tuesday, he made it clear that he this evidence does not match his version of events.
Anagnostopoulos claims he removed the memory card from the cameras in his home following his wife’s murder. He maintains that only then did he removed the recording device’s memory card before cutting into small pieces and disposing of it by flushing it down the toilet.
He also had a second request for the prosecutor, which was to bring in some of the couple’s family and friends to testify on the true nature of their relationship.
Police sent on a wild goose chase after Crouch’s murder
Initially, Anagnostopoulos, a helicopter pilot, led the police on a wild goose chase, with a fabricated story of a gang of armed, foreign men breaking into the couple’s home in the Athens suburb of Glyka Nera to supposedly rob them of cash and jewelry.
Anagnostopoulos told police that they had tied up the couple separately and eventually strangled Crouch, with the baby present at her side.
After 40 days, forensic evidence retrieved from smart phones and smart watches owned by the victim and her husband told another story, which was wildly inconsistent with the pilot’s account.
He has since claimed that he killed Crouch while trying to prevent her from hurting herself and their baby girl and staged the scene to look like a burglary gone wrong, while later admitting that he killed the 20-year-old in her sleep because she had threatened to leave him.
The Greek police have prepared a 26-page transcript to present to prosecutors as evidence for Crouch’s murder which includes extended excerpts from her diary, accessed by the media on Friday.