Heir to fortune is arrested over his wife's death
HANS Kristian Rausing, the heir to the £5.4bn (€6.9bn) Tetra Pak packaging fortune, has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife but is still not fit to be questioned, it emerged yesterday.
Mr Rausing (49) was arrested after the body of his wife Eva (48) was found in the bedroom of their central London home, although no evidence has yet emerged to suggest that she was killed.
Police are treating the death as "unexplained" and Mr Rausing remains in a secure hospital, where he is being treated for alcohol withdrawal.
Mrs Rausing, who had four children, may have lain undiscovered for days in the £50m (€63.6m) five-storey Georgian townhouse at Cadogan Square, Belgravia, before she was found by police. A post-mortem proved inconclusive and further test results are due.
Detective Inspector Sharon Marman told the opening of an inquest into Mrs Rausing's death yesterday that Mr Rausing was stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Monday.
Police found drugs in the car and then discovered his wife's "lifeless body" when they searched the house, she said.
Mr Rausing was arrested and is currently under medical supervision.
"He has been arrested on suspicion of her murder and we await notification of when he will be fit to be interviewed," added DI Marman.
It is thought a decision will be made next week about when Mrs Rausing's body will be released. An autopsy has been carried out by a pathologist, with a second doctor present.
Mr Rausing's Swedish grandfather, Ruben Rausing, founded what became the world's largest food-packaging firm.
The philanthropist, who did not enter the family business, and his wife, the daughter of a wealthy Pepsi Cola executive, have both struggled for many years with drug problems.
In 2008, £2,000 (€2,500) of crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin was found at their home. However, charges against them were later dropped in return for their accepting a police caution.
The couple were arrested in April that year after Mrs Rausing was caught with crack, heroin and diethylpropion -- a banned stimulant -- as she tried to enter a party at the US Embassy in London.
A further drugs stash was also found in her car. (© Independent News Service)