The father of murdered British woman Caroline Crouch has said he would be “honoured” to execute her killer, Babis Anagnostopoulos. Anagnostopoulos was jailed for life in Greece for murdering Crouch, 20, in front of their baby daughter in May this year. The former helicopter pilot has now launched a bid to reduce his 27-year prison sentence. Crouch’s Liverpool-born father, David, described Anagnostopoulos as a “weaselly b******” and said he hate him “more than I have ever hated anything in my life”.
David Crouch began to suspect Anagnostopoulos of lying about his daughter’s death soon after the murder. The killer had claimed that burglars had attacked him and Crouch, killing her and the family dog. However, police uncovered digital evidence that contradicted this story. The evidence showed that Anagnostopoulos had strangled Crouch and killed the dog himself, before staging the break-in. He spent 37 days pretending to grieve for his wife, visiting her grave and comforting her parents.
Anagnostopoulos’ lawyer said that his client was not denying the crime, but wanted “fair trial[s]” in which “mitigating circumstances” were considered. He added that every day Anagnostopoulos remained in prison, he thought about “what happened and how much he hates himself, his only thoughts are for his daughter”. In August, a Greek court rejected Anagnostopoulos’ attempt to gain custody of the couple’s daughter, Lydia. Under the court order, Lydia’s Greek grandparents are allowed only one hour of access to her each week, via video link.