First picture of man arrested after Brit mum murdered in front of baby in Greece

This is the first picture of a man arrested after a British mum was murdered in front of her baby daughter.

The 43-year-old suspect, from Georgia, was led into a courthouse for a hearing that was closed to the public a week after the brutal killing of 20-year-old Caroline Crouch in Greece.

His hands were cuffed behind his back and he was wearing a face mask due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He had a black hoodie over his head, wearing it like a hood.

He was arrested at Greece's border with Bulgaria, allegedly in possession of fake documents, days after Caroline and the family dog were savagely killed during a robbery at their home in the affluent Athens suburb of Glyka Nera.

The tragic mum and her husband Charalambos Anagnostopoulos were tied up and gagged by burglars who threatened to kill their 11-month-old daughter Lydia.

The criminals demanded cash and jewellery as Mr Anagnostopoulos "begged" the intruders not to harm his family and told them where to find about £10,000 worth of euros, which was hidden in a Monopoly box.

Lydia was not harmed but Caroline was strangled to death.

The only suspect arrested so far denied involvement in the murder when he was quizzed by detectives, local media reported.

He remained in custody on Wednesday as police continued to gather evidence and hunt for additional suspects.

It is thought that three men broke into the house while a fourth waited outside. DNA samples collected at the scene of the murder have been sent to a forensic lab for testing.

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Detectives were probing whether the suspect was linked to previous incidents, including the robbery of an elderly couple and cleaner in March where the victims were tied up and beaten.

The man also denied being involved in that robbery.

Police have been looking at recent robberies and have been going through a long list of known gang members and convicted burglars in a bid to identify potential suspects.

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The family were all sleeping when burglars broke into their home in the early hours of May 11.

Mr Anagnostopoulos said he was able to use his bonds and use his nose to call the police. The first officer on the scene told how he found the baby girl trying to wake her dead mother.

He said of his wife: "She was an amazing person, full of life and full of love.

"Our lives will never be the same without her."

Caroline was buried in Greece last week in an emotional funeral attended by friends and family.

Detectives are probing whether the burglars thought the couple had 100,000 euros (£86,000) hidden inside the house for a land purchase.

A £260,000 reward for information has been announced by the Greek Government.

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