New clue in hunt for Brit mother's killer
New clue in hunt for Brit mother’s killer: CCTV footage shows dark coloured car and motorbike fleeing scene after Caroline Crouch, 20, was murdered in raid on her Greek home
- Footage emerged of suspicious car and motorbike fleeing the scene on May 11
- Clip shows vehicles pass near the home where Caroline Crouch, 20, was killed
- Car drives along the road shortly followed by a motorbike four minutes later
New footage has emerged of a suspicious car and motorbike fleeing the scene after a British mother was tortured and murdered in front of her 11-month-old daughter during a horror home invasion in Greece.
The CCTV footage shows the two vehicles passing near the home where Caroline Crouch, 20, was killed in the Glyka Nera suburb of Athens on May 11.
During the clip, which was captured from a house close to the scene of the crime, the dark-coloured car drives along the road at 5.07am shortly followed by a motorbike just four minutes later.
The latest footage, which was released by the Greek TV investigative programme Light In The Tunnel, is now under investigation by police and could provide more information into the home invasion.
The new footage shows a dark-coloured car and motorbike fleeing the scene after Caroline Crouch, 20, was killed in the Glyka Nera suburb of Athens on May 11
The car drives along the road at 5.07am shortly followed by a motorbike just four minutes later
A neighbour told the show: ‘I could hear a motorbike the days before the incident which was standing for a few seconds at the corner of Parodos with Panagouli Street. He would circle around the block, return and then leave.
‘I did not see anything, I could just hear it, because it was late at night about two o’clock.
‘They are monsters, how do they kill a mother like that?’
Caroline Crouch was strangled at the home she shared with 33-year-old husband Charalambos ‘Babis’ Anagnostopoulos in the Glyka Nera suburb of Athens, on May 11.
Police said three men – some of whom were armed with pistols – broke into the family home at around 5am while a fourth stood guard outside.
The men killed the family dog, tied up Babis – a helicopter pilot – then tortured Caroline for an hour to get her to reveal the location of the family’s valuables, before strangling her.
The killers made off with £20,000 of jewellery and around £10,000 in bank notes that Babis had withdrawn to pay for building work.
Last week police probing the murder of the British mother questioned a psychologist who was treating Caroline and her husband before the killing.
Officers said the therapist provided ‘crucial’ evidence, as they continued to hunt for the killer of the 20-year-old.
Investigators said they were also preparing to interview Babis for a second time, to ‘go over what happened in even further detail’ on the night his wife was killed.
Caroline Crouch, 20, was killed in the Glyka Nera suburb of Athens on May 11, during a horrific home invasion
Caroline Crouch (left) was strangled to death in front of her daughter during what husband Babis Anagnostopoulos (right) described as a horror break-in
Mr Anagnostopoulos said he was tied up by three robbers who broke into his home in the early hours
Police are going back over details of the crime after their current lines of inquiry failed to yield a viable suspect.
Officers did arrest a man – a 43-year-old Georgian with a history of violent burglaries who tried to leave the country on a fake passport – but have failed to link him to the crime.
DNA evidence collected from underneath Caroline’s fingernails as she fought her attacker have also proved to be inconclusive.
Meanwhile CCTV cameras at the home failed to provide clues because they were either not working or did not have memory cards on the night of the break-in.
Detectives have been hunting for at least three men – two of who were described as medium height and build, and one shorter – who Babis said had spoken to him in Greek but spoke a foreign language among themselves.
As well as the Georgian suspect, it was reported that police were also looking to speak with an Albanian man who had recently released from prison in the hopes that he might be able to shed light on the crime.
Police are going back over details of the crime after their current lines of inquiry into the home invasion failed to yield a viable suspect
The 43-year-old was arrested last week while trying to cross into Bulgaria on a fake passport, but has denied any involvement in the killing
Investigators are also trying to work out how burglars had known there was £10,000 in cash in the house, after Babis told them the thieves seemed to know about it.
According to Babis’s account, he quickly told the robbers the money was kept in a Monopoly box but they demanded more from him.
It was then, he said, that the men began torturing him and his wife, subjecting them to a horrific ordeal that included putting a gun to his baby daughter’s head.
When Caroline began screaming, the men strangled her to death in front of the couple’s daughter, Babis said.
The gang then fled, leaving Babis bound to the bed – before he managed to get to a phone and use his nose to dial a neighbour, who alerted police.
The baby was unhurt but their dog, Bruno, had also been strangled to death.
Earlier this month Theodoros Chronopoulos, a spokesman for Greek police, described the attacks as a ‘heinous crime, committed with extreme ferocity.’
‘Such barbarism is rare for Greece,’ he added.
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