Phone and watch data have proven crucial in a case that saw a man confess to murdering his wife. After initially claiming that his wife was killed by intruders, the data collected by devices showed that the man’s accounts of events simply were not true.

Greek helicopter pilot Babis Anagnostopoulos had said that intruders were to blame for the death of Caroline Crouch his British Wife, but data collected by various devices including a home surveillance system showed that wasn’t the case. Anagnostopoulos eventually admitted that he was the one who killed his wife, according to a BBC News report.

A 32-year-old pilot has confessed to the killing of his young British wife, Caroline Crouch, police say, in a crime that shocked Greece.
Babis Anagnostopoulos was picked up after attending his late wife’s memorial service on the island of Alonnisos, where she grew up.

The death occurred on May 11 with Anagnostopoulos saying that men killed his wife and stole $18,000 in cash. An investigation found no proof of the events he claimed, however.

Then they checked a range of technical devices to corroborate his account. Caroline Crouch’s biometric watch revealed her pulse readings on the day she died. Babis Anagnostopoulos’s movements were also tracked via his mobile phone, and the couple’s surveillance system also highlighted discrepancies.

The story goes on to report that both smart watch and phone data proved Crouch was alive after the murder allegedly took place. Phone movements also didn’t match the story put forth by the real killer.

Caroline Crouch’s smart watch showed that her heart was still beating at the time her husband claimed she was murdered. The activity tracker on his phone showed him moving around the house while he said he was tied up; and the recorded time at which data cards were removed from the home security camera also told a different story to his version of events.

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