Athens murder: Police arrest suspect over death of British mum during Greece burglary, reports suggest

Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder of Caroline Crouch, according to local media, after the British woman who was killed in front of her daughter during a burglary at her home in Greece.

The 30-year-old suspect was trying to travel to Bulgaria via Evros with a fake passport, The Kathimerini reported on Sunday.

The unnamed man was reportedly linked to another break-in at a house near where Caroline was murdered in the Athenian suburb of Glyka Nera.

DNA analysis suggested he was involved in tying up an elderly couple during a burglary in March, The Evening Standard reported a police source as saying.

Twenty-year-old Crouch was sleeping alongside her husband, 32-year-old pilot Charalambos Anagnostopoulos, and their baby when three burglars broke into their home shortly before dawn on Tuesday.

She was tied up and eventually strangled in front of her baby while her husband was bound and gagged as the intruders searched their property, making off with cash and jewellery.

Mr Anagnostopoulos managed to call police after loosening his bonds.

“The robbers were armed and they threatened to kill both the husband and the wife on separate occasions,” said Constantine Hasiotis, chief of the homicide department, who is leading the investigation.

Findings from the investigation showed that Crouch, an avid athlete and kick boxer, initially moved to resist her attackers, Mr Hasiotis said. But an autopsy report from a state coroner on Wednesday said: “There were no bruises or signs that she may have struggled with them.”

The Greek minister responsible for public order, Michalis Chrisochoidis, described the killing as “particularly heinous”, saying: “One rarely encounters such barbarity in Greece, in Greek society, even among criminals.”

Asked by The Independent about the reports of a suspect’s arrest, a spokesperson for the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said they were looking into the matter.

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