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Billionaire Rausing guilty, but avoids jail term

Billionaire heir Hans Kristian Rausing has avoided jail despite being found guilty of preventing the lawful or decent burial of his wife, Eva.
Billionaire heir Hans Kristian Rausing with his late wife Eva

Billionaire heir Hans Kristian Rausing has avoided jail despite being found guilty of preventing the lawful or decent burial of his wife, Eva.

The 49-year-old, whose family owes its fortune to the Tetra Pak packaging firm, appeared at Isleworth Crown Court in the UK on 1 August.

His wife’s decomposing remains were found after police searched the couple’s London home following Hans Kristian’s arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs in July.

In court, he admitted to hiding his wife’s body under clothing and bin bags in a sealed room, and received a 10-month jail sentence suspended for two years. He was also ordered to complete a residential drug rehabilitation treatment programme.

Both Hans Kristian and Eva had long battled drug addition. Initial toxicology reports indicated the presence of cocaine and amphetamines in her body. It is though she died around 7 May.

After his arrest Hans Kristian told a doctor: "I know it sounds selfish but I just did not want her to leave."

Hans Kristian’s father, Hans Sr, and his uncle Gad turned the family’s small Swedish company into a multinational giant – making the family very wealthy in the process. In the 1990s, Hans Sr sold his shares to his brother.

The family business remains privately owned by Gad’s family through the Swiss-based holding company Tetra Laval. 

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