HANS RAUSING, ONE of the heirs to the multibillion pound Tetra Pak packaging dynasty, appeared before a London magistrate yesterday, charged with delaying the burial of his wife Eva’s body.
The court heard the American-born millionaire’s body was found under bed clothes and wrapped in bin bags two months after she was last seen, The Telegraph reported.
Hans Rausing has been charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of the body of his wife who was found dead in her west London home last Monday.
He was arrested on 9 July on suspicion of driving under the influence and a search of the couple’s £70 million mansion uncovered Rausing’s body.
The court heard officers discovered Rausing’s body in a “secure annexe” in a second floor bedroom under a pile of clothes, bed linen and bin bags “several feet deep” and said it was in an advanced stage of decomposition.
A post mortem conducted last week failed to uncover a formal cause of death.
Eva Rausing returned to London from rehab in California on 29 April, the court was told, and appeared unwell, with a swollen face and right leg, when she was last seen by a member of the couple’s housekeeping staff.
Test results to determine whether drugs played a role in Rausing’s death are expected back soon.
Hans Rausing was released on bail on condition that he resides at the Capio Nightingale psychiatric hospital in central London, and does not leave unless accompanied by a member of hospital staff.