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Hundreds attend funeral of British woman killed in Greece burglary

Written by on 14/05/2021

The funeral of a British woman killed in the presence of her baby daughter in Greece has taken place in front of hundreds of mourners.

Friends and relatives of Caroline Crouch travelled to the island of Alonissos on Friday, where she was laid to rest at a hilltop cemetery.

Ms Crouch, 20, was asleep with her Greek husband Charalambos Anagnostopoulos, 32, and their baby at their home near Athens on Tuesday when burglars broke in.

The mother-of-one was tied up and strangled and the family dog also killed, while Mr Anagnostopoulos was bound and gagged in a separate room.

Caroline Crouch with her husband
Image: Caroline Crouch (right) with her husband Charalambos Anagnostopoulos
The funeral took place on the Greek island of Alonissos
Image: The funeral took place on the Greek island of Alonissos

Their baby was not harmed but witnessed her mother’s death.

Ms Crouch’s parents David Crouch and Susan Dela Cuesta were overcome with grief ahead of the service and were supported by friends and family.

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Shops closed on the island in a mark of respect, as a black hearse arrived at the Agia Paraskevi church covered in white roses.

Mr Anagnostopoulos helped his daughter lay a flower on her mother’s coffin.

Mourners are pictured wearing masks to the service
Image: Mourners are pictured overcome with grief
The hearse is pictured arriving at the funeral
Image: The hearse is pictured arriving at the funeral

Ms Dela Cuesta, who is originally from the Philippines, had travelled with her daughter’s body from the family home to the island.

The burglars, who escaped with cash and jewellery, have still not been caught and a £260,000 reward is being offered for information by the Greek government.

Ms Crouch’s widower managed to free himself from his bonds and call the police, but it was too late to save his wife.

A flower was placed on Ms Crouch's coffin
Image: A flower was placed on Ms Crouch’s coffin by her baby daughter

He told local media this week: “I wish no one ever goes through what we went through last night. It was a nightmare.

“We begged the thieves not to harm us. We told them where the money was and asked them to leave us alone. The police will catch them.”

Mr Anagnostopoulos said at one point he heard the burglars say to his partner “tell us where the money is, we will kill the baby”, according to Greek media.

 Sky News

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