Health data downloaded from Caroline’s smartwatch showed she was dead an hour earlier than Babis had told police the gang had broken in, and his phone’s step counter showed he was moving around the flat when he said he had been tied up.
On Thursday, a month after Caroline’s death, detectives approached Babis as he attended a memorial service on the island of Alonnisos, where she had lived with her British dad David, a retired oil executive, and Filipina mum Susan.
They told him he had to return to Athens immediately as there had been a dramatic breakthrough in the case and officers at the HQ needed to speak with him urgently. Even then, knowing the game must have been up, he showed no emotion.
So shocking was the crime that when news emerged that Babis had confessed, Greek TV broke into coverage of the Euro 2020 match between the Netherlands and Austria. Last night a judge in Athens was also deciding whether Lydia should be temporarily housed with social services or with Babis’s parents.
Hariklia Theodorou, a local councillor on Alonnisos who has known Babis and Caroline since 2000, exclusively told The Sun of the dramatic moment when police approached him.