Greek man held over death of British wife following burglary claim

Caroline Crouch's husband, Babis Anagnostopoulos, reported her death to police last month. Credit: Instagram/Caroline Crouch

A Greek man has been detained as a suspect in the murder of his British wife outside Athens last month after publicly claiming she’d been killed during a brutal invasion of the couple’s home, police have said.

Caroline Crouch, 20, a British national who grew up in Greece, was found murdered in a bedroom on May 11 after her husband reported the crime to the police.

The 33-year-old helicopter pilot and flight instructor Babis Anagnostopoulos made statements hours after the killing, telling reporters they had been tied up by robbers who broke into their home, 10.5 miles east of Athens.

Speaking to local media last month, Anagnostopoulos said: “I wish no one ever goes through what we went through last night. It was a nightmare.

“We begged the thieves not to harm us. We told them where the money was and asked them to leave us alone. The police will catch them.”

The couple’s infant daughter was at home at the time of Crouch’s death but was not harmed.

Police had issued a €300,000-euro (£256,000) reward for information on the crime.

On Thursday, authorities said new evidence had come to light and that the husband had been summoned for questioning after attending a memorial service on the Aegean Sea island of Alonissos, where Crouch grew up.

He was transported to Athens by helicopter from the nearby island of Skiathos.