TRAGIC Caroline Crouch was so terrified of her killer husband, it is claimed she would double check the doors where closed during therapy sessions.
Police had previously revealed the 20-year-old mum and her husband Babis Anagnostopoulos had been attending therapy at the time of the murder- individually speaking to the same psychologist in separate sessions.
And now the lawyer of Eleni Mylonopoulou, the couple's mental health counsellor has revealed that the young Brit was scared of her husband and was looking for an apartment in central Athens.
Speaking to Ant1 Stamatia Markou described how 20-year-old Caroline was living in a particularly ''problematic'' environment.
''Caroline was terrified during her sessions. That's why she demanded my client to shut the door so there is no way of her husband listening to what she would say,'' she said.
''She had revealed that there was no physical or any relationship between the couple the past months.
''The couple had many problems.
She added that the young mum was trying to find ways to get out of the toxic environment.
''Caroline had revealed since the first moment she was scared of her husband.''
The lawyer also said the counsellor's testimony might reveal more information about the twisted killer and even shed light on his motive.
She said: ''My client gave the authorities all the details. There will be more surprises in this case about the couple's relationship and the perpetrator's personality.
''There are special characteristics that have not been publicised.
''The evidence might not only reveal the motive of the perpetrator but also might confirm that the crime was premeditated,'' she said.
According to local outlet Ta Nea the young Brit was planning to leave her husband in November and was looking for a new home near a cooking school she was planning to attend.
The outlet reports that Caroline's counsellor had urged her to speak to her mum about the problems in her marriage but said that the 20-year-old ''did not want to disappoint her mum.''
Entries in Caroline's diary showed that she was planning to leave her husband for over a year.
Cops believe that Caroline was using coded words and symbols to record her abusive marriage, as she branded her husband a ''dangerous man.''
It is believed that the heartbreaking journal that contained English and Greek abbreviations might include important clues for Caroline's murder.
Meanwhile, Caroline's parents were granted today the full custody of their granddaughter,one-year-old daughter Lydia.
Anagnostopoulos was stripped off his parental rights and little Lydia is expected to be with her grandparents Susan and David in Alonnissos.
The Crouch family lawyer Thanasis Harmanis told the Sun: ''The court has accepted our request. We were always confident it would.
''Lydia will be collected on Wednesday by her grandmother mother and go back to Alonissos where she will be surrounded with the love of her family and local people.
''Everyone there loved Caroline and it is right Lydia is there. David and Susan are delighted with the news.''
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, where you call 999 and press ‘55’ if you can’t safely speak.
- Always keep some money or a bank card on you, including change in case you need a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to move towards an exit if you are inside the house and get your phone in case you need to call for help.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other potential weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available every day from 10am-6pm or email [email protected]
SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
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