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Greek man confesses to murder of British wife Caroline Crouch

The chilling diary entries of murdered mum Caroline Crouch in the weeks before her husband killed her have been revealed.

Murdered woman Caroline Crouch penned heartbreaking diaries in code to secretly record horrifying abuse at the hands of her killer husband.

But Greek authorities fear publishing the 20-year-old Brit mum’s entries detailing her abusive marriage with twisted Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, could “offend the victim’s memory”.

Some of Ms Crouch’s diary passages have already been glimpsed after they were leaked to the media and social media.

Excerpts depict a rocky and controlling marriage with her Greek helicopter pilot husband, which led her to threaten to leave him.

It is believed the diaries, some of which were written in code, chronicle disturbing details of Ms Crouch’s deteriorating and abusive marriage in the run-up to Mr Anagnostopoulos strangling her, The Times reported.

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But Greek prosecutors have banned further publication of the secret diaries, arguing that they could prejudice the trial.

He has been charged with murdering Ms Crouch and is facing a life sentence for smothering her after earlier disarming CCTV in the house.

Supreme Court prosecutor Vassilis Pliotis said: “The publication of the [diary] entries not only offends the victim’s memory … they may contribute to creating a favourable climate for the defendant and his line of defence.”

An investigation has been launched into how passages from her journal, which were contained in a 26-page police report, were leaked.

After lying to police for more than a month that Ms Crouch was killed by a gang, he finally confessed to killing her at their home outside Athens on May 11.

But Mr Anagnostopoulos will claim the killing was not premeditated and instead he entered a “blurred” state of mind as a result of her being “verbally and physically aggressive towards him”.

If he is somehow able to convince the court then he could have his sentence cut to a maximum of 15 years.

In one leaked entry, written last July, a month after giving birth to her daughter, Lydia, Ms Crouch writes of her plans to move out of their home.

In December of 2019, she wrote: “I fought with Babi again. This time it was serious.

“I hit him, I cursed at him and he broke down the door.

“All I wanted was for him to ask how I am when I woke up. I woke up so weak and tired.

“I am thinking of leaving. I am thinking of going to my sister, I don’t know if I can keep going with Babi.

“I love him so much that I can’t leave him even though this relationship hurts me.”

Caroline writes in another entry in 2019: “Last night we fought with Babi because I had a meltdown because of my hormones.

“I yelled at him and hit him and told him I don’t want our baby …

“I am not well, I am very upset, I know he would never hurt my baby.

“My love for her is stronger than anything in the world.”

On July 3, 2020, when her baby daughter Lydia was a month old Ms Crouch wrote: “Today my little one is a month old – it’s also the day I told Babi I want to leave … I feel awful.”

She continues by saying she found a house in Halandri, a suburb of Athens and adding that she was thinking of leaving him before she got pregnant but eventually “stayed with him because I didn’t want my daughter to grow up without her parents.”

The diary includes several entries where Ms Crouch blames her hormones for the couple’s arguments and says she feels “embarrassed” her hormones affect her so strongly.

Ms Crouch had allegedly messaged a pal on the night of her death, telling them she was leaving Mr Anagnostopoulos.

Mr Anagnostopoulos confessed he strangled his 20-year-old wife when she vowed to leave him and staged the crime scene.

He initially told police that a gang of Albanian criminals had broken into the couple’s home in Glyka Nera on May 11.

The murder shocked Greece and Mr Anagnostopoulos’ account of what happened initially attracted an outpouring of sympathy for him and the families involved.

But that has turned to widespread anger when he confessed to the crime after maintaining his charade.

Police have described him as a “top-class actor” as he was pretending to be devastated by his wife’s death for 38 days.

According to the investigators he even drowned the family dog and hung its body from a stair banister to blame it on the burglars and strengthen his story.

Cops travelled to the island of Alonnisos where a memorial service for Ms Crouch took place and asked him to follow them in order to give new testimony about the murder probe.

Mr Anagnostopoulos reportedly begged them to allow him to visit her grave before being taken to Athens.

After an interrogation of eight hours, he admitted he staged the burglary to “keep custody of their baby daughter.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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