CAROLINE Crouch’s father has said he “feared” the day he must tell his granddaughter that her mother was brutally murdered by her father.
Babis Anagnostopoulos, 34, was sentenced to life in prison for choking his 20-year-old wife at their home in Greece last May.
Caroline was horribly tortured and suffocated with a pillow in front of 11-month-old daughter Lydia while she slept at the couple’s home in an upscale Athens suburb.
Anagnostopoulos said the couple had been the target of a robbery, went to great lengths to create a fictitious crime scene and conduct interviews with the media, before police saw through his lies.
Caroline’s heartbroken father David, 79, and his 58-year-old wife Susan are now raising Lydia as their home on a Greek island.
“One day Lydia will ask where her mother is – it’s a day I’m afraid of,” he told the Daily Mail.
“She needs to know and no amount of hedging around the subject will work.
“One day she will discover the plain truth, so it is much better that she learn it from her loving grandparents than piece it together little by little.”
David said that as the days go by, Lydia is starting to look more like her mother.
“Every time I sit and watch Lydia play, I am struck with a stab of sadness as I see her mother in every move and gesture she makes,” he said.
“It makes me so sad that Caroline will never have the joy she brought to Susan and me when she was that age.”
He said little consolation is that Anagnostopoulos “will be locked up with fellow murderers, as well as perverts of every streak” in a hellish prison.
Anagnostopoulos claimed his family had been targeted by an Albanian gang and even hung the family dog from his leash on a banister in an attempt to stage a fictional crime scene.
But his ailing cover-up was muddled after police collected a pile of digital evidence that disrupted his timeline of the alleged botched robbery.
They discovered that Anagnostopoulos had in fact been active during the time when he was supposedly tied up and that Caroline’s heart had stopped beating hours before he claimed the gang had broken into.
Detectives also revealed that the security camera had been tampered with earlier than the pilot claimed, the couple had argued that fateful night and Caroline had tried to book a hotel to flee.
But the 34-year-old was still desperate to fool the court during the harrowing six-day trial that has rocked the world.
During his dock debut, he insisted that everything happened “in the heat of the moment” and claimed to “still love his wife.”