Greek pilot who killed his British wife demonstrated psychopathic personality, psychiatrist says

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A psychiatrist tells a court in Athens, where a Greek helicopter pilot is on trial for the murder of his young British-born wife, that the defendant showed signs of both narcissistic and anti-social personality disorders .

Expert witness Alkistis Igoumenaki said this morning that Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, had a “psychopathic personality” and a “lack of empathy” for his wife of 20 years, Caroline Crouch, and their young daughter Lydia.

Anagnostopoulos stands trial for the murder of Caroline and her pet dog Roxy – crimes he tried to cover up with an elaborate burglary ruse gone wrong.

The trial resumed today after a three-week break.

Igoumenaki said: ‘[The defendant] has an absence of feeling and empathy, but his mind is fully capable of comprehending the harm he has done.

“He suffers from a number of antisocial behavioral traits and is also narcissistic. But that’s no excuse to say he wasn’t in control when he committed his crimes.

The psychiatrist continued: “He killed his wife and the mother of his child without thinking how much the child would suffer from this loss, so the lack of empathy is also about the child.

“You see a man who doesn’t think about the baby… All of this contributes to a psychopathic personality.”

A psychiatrist has told an Athens court where a Greek helicopter pilot (pictured) is on trial for killing his young British-born wife that the defendant shows signs of both narcissistic and anti-social personality disorders .

A family photo of Anagnostopoulos, Caroline and their young daughter Lydia taken shortly before Caroline's death

A family photo of Anagnostopoulos, Caroline and their young daughter Lydia taken shortly before Caroline’s death

British national Caroline Crouch, 20, was strangled to death by helicopter pilot Babis Anagnostopolous, 33 (pictured)

British national Caroline Crouch, 20, was strangled to death by helicopter pilot Babis Anagnostopolous, 33 (pictured)

Anagnostopoulos does not deny killing Caroline but insists it was not premeditated and was a “crime of passion” caused by his behavior.

In addition to Caroline’s murder, Anagnostopoulos is also on trial for the murder of her pet dog Roxy and two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Killing animals is now considered a prosecutable crime in Greece.

After the murders, he concocted an elaborate ruse that they were the result of a botched burglary.

He faces a 30-year prison term if convicted of murder by Athens Mixed Jury Court, where his case is heard before three full-time judges and four jurors.

Igoumenaki later claimed that Anagnostopoulos’ personality meant he was unable to deal with rejection and posited that he wanted to be ‘admired’ when entering a relationship with a much younger woman, pointing out the age gap of 13 years between Caroline and her killer.

“We see a quest for admiration from others… Most of us in the world have experienced rejection and we know that emotion is wrong.” But luckily it doesn’t lead to murders,” the psychiatrist said.

The trial resumed after a three-week break for Greek Orthodox Easter and Anagnostopoulos was led into court surrounded by armed police.

He is expected to testify once the prosecution completes its case, which presented graphic testimony about how Anagnostopoulos committed the crime and then concocted his story that it was committed by burglars.

Anagnostopoulos does not deny killing Caroline but insists it was not premeditated and was a

Anagnostopoulos does not deny killing Caroline but insists it was not premeditated and was a ‘crime of passion’ caused by his behavior

The couple began dating when Caroline was still a teenager.  They got married in Portugal in 2019

The couple began dating when Caroline was still a teenager. They got married in Portugal in 2019

Anagnostopoulos is taken to court in Athens in April, surrounded by armed police

Anagnostopoulos is taken to court in Athens in April, surrounded by armed police

The court has already heard how Caroline’s body was discovered next to her baby Lydia, then 11 months old, while Roxy’s hanging torso was the first thing officers saw when they took a stormed the home they shared in an Athens suburb last May.

For more than a month, Anagnostopoulos played the “grieving husband” and sobbed and cried at Caroline’s memorial service, where he hugged his baby and mother Susan.

Anagnostopoulos’ defense is that he was ‘induced’ to commit the crimes because Caroline ‘abused’ their baby the night they had a fight and he acted in ‘self-defence’ due to his skills in martial arts.

The court also heard from a number of witnesses from an animal charity that helped Caroline adopt her beloved dog Roxy.

Lawyer Evangelia Tsanopoulou, who is representing the dog, said: ‘Roxy’s murder was the action of a cold-blooded hitman. He used the dog to help stage a scene where burglars had carried out the crime.

“He killed the dog because he wanted to kill anything associated with Caroline, who was very fond of Roxy. And he did it in the most cruel way by hanging up his pet.

After smothering Caroline in her sleep, Anagnostopoulos then smothered pup Roxy (pictured) and hung the pup's lifeless body from the railing of their first floor flat in Athens  Anagnostopoulos is also accused of killing animals - which was made possible thanks to a new law introduced last year that prohibits their unlawful killing.

After smothering Caroline in her sleep, Anagnostopoulos then smothered pup Roxy (pictured) and hung the pup’s lifeless body from the railing of their first floor flat in Athens Anagnostopoulos is also accused of killing animals – which was made possible thanks to a new law introduced last year that prohibits their unlawful killing.

Believing he had got away with the elaborate cover-up, Anagnostopoulos even asked his parents to pay £3,500 - around 4,000 euros - for his coffin (pictured)

Believing he had got away with the elaborate cover-up, Anagnostopoulos even asked his parents to pay £3,500 – around 4,000 euros – for his coffin (pictured)

The court has already heard how Caroline expressed a desire to leave Anagnostopoulos because she felt “smothered” and “trapped” by his overbearing behavior.

Eleni Mylonopoulou, who provided couples counseling, said at an earlier hearing: ‘The moment Babis left the room, Caroline would tell me she wanted to leave their matrimonial home, take the baby and start all over again.

“She felt controlled, smothered and trapped by him. She wanted to go back to college and become a pastry chef. But he gave her no freedom and she had no choice in how she lived her life.

She added: “On paper, Caroline was in love with the idea of ​​Babis but hated the person he really was.”

The hearing continues.

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