Billionaire junkie Hans Kristian Rausing was today convicted of hoarding his wife’s body.
Forty-nine year old Rausing pleaded guilty to keeping Eva Rausing’s rotting corpse inside their home under a pile of garbage bags and sheets for two months.
Rausing told the court he knew it was “sad and selfish” to keep his wife decaying body in the house but he “just didn’t want [Eva] to leave” him.
It is said that he kept his wife in the locked bedroom and used “deodorizing powder” to stifle the stench.
Rausing, who is said to be worth almost $7billion, was sentenced to 10-months in jail suspended for two years after he admitted to preventing his wife from having a decent burial.
He was also sentenced to two-years of drug rehabilitation.
A British court heard today how police discovered Eva Rausing’s body was in garbage bags sealed with gaffer tape.
During an arraignment for Hans Rausing on Wednesday, prosecutors told the court that Eva Rausing was found in several layers of clothing and garbage bags.
Forty-nine year old Hans Rausing appeared in West London Magistrates’ Court looking very frail in a grey jacket.
Before granting bail, District Judge James Henderson told Rausing, who is one of the richest men in England, that he is to remain at a hospital and not leave without being accompanied by a staff member.
“I grant you bail on two conditions. The first is that you must reside at the Capio Nightingale Hospital and that you live there and sleep there overnight, and you do not leave that hospital unless you are accompanied by a member of hospital staff”, Judge Henderson said.
He was ordered to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on July 26.
Rausing, who is still recovering in a hospital from alcohol withdrawal, was initially charged with possession of drugs.
Eva Kemeny Rausing’s mother, Nancy, told a British tabloid that her daughter did not die of a drug overdose. Nancy, whose husband is former Pepsi executive Tom Kemeny, says she believes her daughter, who had a pacemaker after having a heart valve replaced, died from heart problems triggered by a recent flight.
Nancy Kemeny said her daughter had recently returned to London to convince her husband to join her for treatment at a California rehab center for his drug addiction.
Kemeny said while her daughter was receiving treatment at the facility she was unable to reach her husband so she returned to London to get him to join her in California.
“Eva was there, she didn’t hear from him, she got worried, she came back home to get him to go back with her. Unfortunately, I think the flying did something with her heart,” Kemeny said.
“She’d never gone back to the doctor after the valve had been replaced as she was supposed to. She just didn’t go. I think it was this flying back and forth from California to London and forth,” that killed her, Kemeny continued.
It has emerged today that Eva Rausing had been dead from a drug overdose for about a week before her body was discovered inside her $90million London home this week.
Police discovered the body hours after her husband, Hans Kristian Rausing, was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs.
Around noon-time last Monday police pulled over Hans Rausing after he was spotted driving erratically in South London. Officers found Class A drugs in his vehicle which prompted them to search his home on Cadogan Place. While searching the home police found Eva Rausing’s body.
As of press time Hans Rausing was in a hospital where he is being treated for an undisclosed medical problem.
It appears that the wealthy couple’s image had drastically changed in recent months.
Hans and Eva, who is the daughter of former Pepsi executive Tom Kemeny, met 25 years ago at a drug addiction clinic in America.
One of Britain’s wealthiest men has been arrested after his American wife was found dead inside their Chelsea mansion.
Forty-nine year old Hans Kristian Rausing was arrested at his five-story home in Cadongan Place in South London after his 48-year-old wife, Eva, was found dead in a bedroom of their mansion from an apparent drug overdose.
Reports say Rausing, who is the son of billionaire Hans Rausing, creator of the milk carton company Tetra Laval, was arrested after police found crack cocaine in his possession.
Four years ago Eva Rausing, who is the daughter former Pepsi executive Tom Kemeny, was arrested after she was caught attempting to bring heroin and crack into a function at the American Embassy in London.
She escaped a trial when prosecutors announced they had been handed conditional caution instead.