The husband of Caroline Crouch, a 20-year-old British woman, has confessed to killing her last month at her home in Glyka Nera, a suburb of Athens.
Babis Anagnostopoulos, 33, first told the detectives that his wife had been murdered by thieves who broke into her home in the early hours of May 11 and tied her up.
However, the Hellenic police announced on Thursday that the helicopter pilot had now confessed to the crime.
“The culprit is [Ms Crouch’s] 33-year-old husband who has confessed to his crime, “said a statement released by detectives.
According to reports in Greek media, Mr Anagnostopoulos admitted to strangling his wife during an argument while their young daughter, who was not injured in the incident, was only meters away.
Anagnostopoulos’ obvious confession was followed by a six-hour interrogation that was carried out after he was summoned for further questioning.
The development could mark the end of a month-long investigation into the circumstances surrounding the murder of Ms. Crouch, which baffled police due to the lack of evidence at the scene.
Mr Anagnostopoulos had told police that he had been handcuffed by three robbers while a fourth guard stood up and put a gun to his child’s head, strangled his wife and then escaped with £ 10,000 in cash.
But a fresh analysis of smartwatch data and text messages between the couple prompted officials to question him again.
When the interview was announced on Thursday, the police told the Greek television broadcaster Ant1: “The victim’s husband in Glyka Nera is on the homicide squad to be the only eyewitness to be questioned after new findings from the investigation.”
Apostolos Skrekas, a spokesman for the Hellenic police force, refused to elaborate on whether Mr Anagnostopoulos had acted on his own initiative or had hired accomplices in investigations by local reporters.
The Athens police picked up Mr Anagnostopoulos by helicopter from a nearby island on Thursday. He had attended a funeral service for his wife on the Aegean island of Alonissos, where she grew up, but was taken by boat to Skiathos, where he was flown back to the Greek capital for questioning.
Minutes before the officers arrived, the suspect was photographed hugging Ms. Crouch’s mother, Susan Dela Cuesta, in front of the chapel where mourners were laying flowers on her grave.
Police said Mr Anagnostopoulos had been informed that he would be called that day and had agreed with him to attend the memorial beforehand.
“We waited for the commemoration to end and then [Anagnostopoulos] was moved to the police headquarters, ”a police officer told Ant1.
Ms. Crouch, a statistics student at the University of Piraeus, moved to the island of Alonissos when she was eight. There she met her future husband and the couple married in Portugal in July 2019.
They welcomed their daughter last June.
Last month, Mr Anagnostopoulos posted a tribute to his late wife on his personal Instagram page. Next to a picture of the couple on their wedding day, he wrote: “Together forever. Have a good trip, my dear. “