CAROLINE Crouch's dad has revealed the heartbreaking moment he was told his daughter had been murdered.

The 20-year-old Brit was smothered to death by husband Charalambos "Babis" Anagnostopoulos on May 11 as their one-year-old daughter Lydia lay nearby.

He then strangled their puppy Roxy before telling cops they were the victims of a botched break-in at home in Athens.

But Anagnostopoulos later confessed after more than eight hours of interrogation – with cops describing him as a "top class actor".

Caroline’s dad David, 78, has now revealed the agonising moment he and wife Susan learned of Caroline’s death from neighbours on the Greek island of Alonissos.

He told the Daily Mail: "We had just finished breakfast when there was a loud hammering on the front door.

"Several of our Greek friends were there in a state of great distress. It was at first difficult to understand what they were saying but eventually we made sense of them.

"I’ll never forget how I felt. It was as if an icy hand had reached inside my chest and gripped my heart. It was the worst day of my life."

David has slammed Anagnostopoulos over the brutal killing and branded him a "coward" after spinning a web of lies to cover his horrific crime.

He said the "coward" must have attacked Caroline, who had a black belt in kickboxing, while she slept otherwise she would have fought back


David also revealed his grief turned to fury when he and his wife Susan discovered cops had taken Anagnostopoulos from his daughter's memorial service to confront him with evidence proving he was the killer.

"I said at the time that had I known what he had done when he was here, I would have blown his lying head right off his shoulders and gladly taken the consequences.

"I feel exactly the same today and I know that I will feel this way for the rest of my life."

The heartbroken dad said he has now been left with a burden of anger and grief.

"The sickness that afflicts me is of the heart. It is broken over the loss of
my daughter," he said.


But David said his main focus is to provide the "very best life" for his baby granddaughter – although he worries he won't be around for very long to help raise her.

"I am not a young man and all of us are mortal," he said.

"I have a deep-seated worry that I may not be able to provide for Lydia in those years when she may need the most support.

"My one aim right now is to give the very best life to the child of my wonderful daughter."

He added: "Both Susan and I will spend the rest of our lives making sure that justice is done and ensuring that Caroline’s little daughter Lydia is brought up with all the advantages that we can give her and that the memories of her mother live forever."

David and wife Susan are still close to Anagnostopoulos' parents despite the horror.

The retired oil exec says they are working to surround baby Lydia, who he is applying for sole custody of, with "all the love she can get".


Speaking about the killer's mum, David said: "She telephones almost every day to ask about Lydia and, of course, she is quite free to visit whenever she chooses. 

"However, as she used to teach at the local school, she is quite well known on the island and feelings are still running very high, as they are throughout Greece.

"She, of course, is quite blameless but is being made to suffer for the sins of her son."

David believes there was “some foundation” to rumours in the Greek press that the killer pilot was also linked to drug smuggling.

He said Caroline had a strong “sense of right and wrong” and would have threatened to leave him had she found out he was involved.

Sources claimed the Brit mum was ''shocked by something terrible before she was killed'' and her coded diary might give the answers.

It is believed she used a type of code in her diary that contained English and Greek abbreviations and different coloured pens to prevent her husband from reading the heartbreaking journal.

It appears that Caroline used code for the word "beating" and symbols to brand her husband  a "dangerous man".

Anagnostopoulos, who is in prison, claims he killed Caroline because he feared for his safety after a violent row.

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