A British mum – living in Athens with her Greek husband and daughter – has been killed during a horror early morning break-in.
Caroline Crouch, 20, was strangled to death at her home in Greece after defending her baby who was held at gunpoint.
According to Greek news site Ta Nea, three men - police say some of whom were armed with pistols - forced entry into the home Caroline shared with her pilot husband Babis Anagnostopoulos, 32, on May 11 during the early hours.
Investigators say the raid began around 4.30am when the gang approached the couple's house and broke a CCTV camera outside.
The trio allegedly killed the family dog with it’s own lead before making their way up to an attic bedroom where the couple were sleeping with their 11-month-old daughter.
After tying up Babis they tortured Caroline, a trained martial artist, for over an hour.
The helicopter pilot was handcuffed to a bedpost and had his eyes and mouth covered with duct tape.
The killers wanted to know where the family kept their valuables and pointed a gun to the baby’s head to get Caroline to speak.
The gang threatened Caroline with the safety of her infant and reportedly said they would hurt the baby if she did not give them the location of the safe.
The men tied Caroline up using a t-shirt and stopped her from screaming for her baby’s safety by strangling her.
Ta Nea claim the men made a getaway with jewellery worth £21,500 and £13,000 in cash.
A spokesman for Greek police, Theodoros Chronopoulos, described the attacks as a 'heinous crime, committed with extreme ferocity.'
At about 6am Babis called for police help and officers rushed to the scene to seal off the area.
Babis and his daughter have since been rushed to hospital, while officers examine the house for evidence.
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