The devastated parents of Caroline Crouch say their granddaughter, Lydia, is the ‘one mitigating factor’ keeping them from deep despair following the murder of their daughter.
Susan and David Crouch have taken over the care of the one-year-old, who was said to be in the room when her father, Pilot Charalambos ‘Babis’ Anagnostopoulos, smothered 20-year-old Caroline.
He later confessed to staging a fake robbery scene at their home in Alonissos, Greece, including handcuffing himself to the floor and putting duct tape over his wife’s eyes and mouth before police arrived.
The 33-year-old admitted he “lost his temper” and has apologised for the crime.
Speaking to MailOnline, David said: “The comfort afforded to us by Lydia’s presence in the house is the one mitigating factor in this whole tragic affair.”
He relived the awful moment he and his wife were told Caroline was dead, as friends knocked loudly on the front door of their home.
David said he was left ‘virtually paralysed’ as they told them what had happened shortly after the couple had finished their breakfast.
Two months on, David said Susan ‘appears to have closed her mind to it all’ and is now totally focused on bringing up Lydia.
He said his wife had blocked out the tragedy in a bid to raise Lydia – who they are fighting for sole custody of.
Despite the custody battle, David added that they have a good relationship with Babis’s parents, particularly his mother who calls every day.
Speaking of Caroline’s murder, David said: “‘He knew that he was no match for her physically. She was young, fit and an accomplished kickboxer, so he took the memory card out of the internal CCTV system and suffocated her while she slept.
“I imagine that he will have a fine time explaining that to the killers he will be incarcerated with in Korydallos Prison, reputedly the worst jail in Europe.”
Earlier this month, it was said Caroline Crouch’s husband smiled “like he was on a cruise” after being arrested for her murder.
Captain Dimitris Anthimos told protothema.gr : “I have not seen a better actor.
“He was smiling, as if he were going on a cruise.”
Anagnostopoulos was taken by boat to Skiathos.
The chilling description comes after reports in the Greek media that Caroline’s mum Susan Dela Cuesta gifted her daughter’s husband £17,000 10 days before her death.
Family lawyer Thanassis Harmanis claims he was also given 2,000 Euros to transport Caroline’s body and 2,200 Euros for a coffin, reports Protothema.
In a statement, Mr Harmanis said: “How much is the truth of the claim of a man who for 37 days forced the authorities to look for 3 robbers who [killed] the mother of his child and their dog?
“The amazing direction, the unparalleled acting talent brought tears to the eyes of people with empathy.”
Anagnostopoulos has since claimed he killed Caroline during an argument after she threatened to leave him.
His lavish lifestyle has also raised suspicion over potential drug involvement, with sources alleging he may have smuggled illegal substances in his helicopter.
The couple had spent £47,000 on land and another £140,000 designing their dream home, as well as enjoying a recent holiday to Dubai.
It is believed Caroline may have been using a coded diary to detail the alleged abusive behaviour of her husband towards her.