The death of Caroline Crouch, 20, made international headlines when her husband Babis Anagnostopoulos told a shocking story of hooded thieves torturing and killing his wife while he was helplessly tied to a chair in their home in Athens.
But the 32-year-old helicopter pilot admitted on Thursday that it was all a lie.
“That night we got into a fight early,” he told police in his new statement on what really happened on May 11, according to the Daily Mail.
“At one point she threw the child in the crib and told me to leave the house,” he continued, the Mail said.
“I lost my temper, I smothered her with the pillow. “Then I invented theft. “
hellenic police said on Twitter that the husband confessed Thursday – after reports said he had undergone hours of questioning.
He had been taken away after police discovered new data and was recovered on the Greek island of Alonissos – where he was attending a memorial service.
A police spokesperson told ANT1 station “we waited until the end of the memorial service … it could have happened yesterday as well,” according to a rough translation
Police had started monitoring Anagnostopoulos after the evidence did not match his story.
His own smartwatch showed he was moving around the house and not standing still as he claimed, police sources told Sky News.
Time stamps on the memory cards showed they were removed at times that did not correspond to his statements, local news site Proto Thema said.
Crouch was a British citizen living in Greece.
Aganstopoulos initially claimed he broke loose to fight his wife in the attic face down as the baby cried nearby. There were even reports that the thieves pointed a gun at the baby in an attempt to trick Crouch into handing over valuables.
The family dog was also killed, police said at the time.
In the aftermath of the murder, Anagnostopoulos posted a photo of him and his wife walking along the beach on their wedding day.
“Together forever,” he wrote in Greek. ” Have a good trip my love. “
The Greek government offered a reward of $ 365,000 for the crime, according to reports.