A BRITISH mum has been tortured to death in front of her 11-month-old daughter after burglars broke into her home in Greece.

Three men strangled 20-year-old Caroline Crouch and forced her to reveal where cash and jewellery was kept after breaking at 5am and tying up her husband.


Her husband Charalambos Anagnostopoulos, a 32-year-old helicopter pilot, survived and the attackers made off with £13,000 in cash and jewellery

He had to watch on in horror as his wife was tortured, reports Proto Thema, who also named the couple.

"It was shortly after five. I saw three hooded men. One was tall. They shouted and threatened in broken Greek," the site reports him as telling police.

"They tied me to a chair and then went on my wife."

Their baby was reportedly found crying next to its mother's dead body.

A senior police investigator told The Times: “The woman appears to have been strangled by the robbers in their bid to locate jewellery and cash the couple may have had in their home.

"We are waiting for the coroner’s report to establish if there was any other type of assault.”

The thieves also killed the family's dog and left it hanging on the fence of the two storey house.



Four men were involved in the raid  and three broke into house while the other stood guard, police sources told Proto Thema.

The men were all wearing hoods and spoke broken Greek.

Mr Anagnostopoulos managed to free himself and call the police around 6am.

Police said it appears that the robbers were experienced and likely watched the couple for some time before the raid.

Officers are trawling through CCTV to try and see how the gang got away and whether they were in the area before the raid.

The murdered woman was born in Greece but had a British passport, the police said.

Mrs Crouch was a student at the University of Piraeus and on her husband’s Instagram account the couple are pictured smiling with their baby.

Greeks are used to gangland killings but the strangling of the woman in front of her child has led to shock in the country.

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