Rausing pleads guilty to preventing wife's burial
LONDON (AP) -- Hans Kristian Rausing pleaded guilty Wednesday to preventing the proper burial of his wealthy wife Eva, whose badly decomposed body was found in the luxury London home she shared with her husband.
A spokeswoman for Britain's judiciary says that Rausing, whose father made billions selling his stake in the Tetra Pak drinks-carton empire, pleaded guilty at London's Isleworth Crown Court to charges of "preventing the lawful and decent burial" of his 48-year-old wife. She spoke on condition of anonymity because of office policy.
Police discovered Eva Rausing's body in early July after her husband was stopped by police after driving erratically. It was found in a fly-filled room under a pile of clothing and garbage bags which had been taped together.
Hans Kristian told police that he did not have "a very coherent recollection of the events leading up to and since Eva's death" but that he had never wished her any harm. A post-mortem examination established that she died on May 7 and had drugs in her system, including cocaine.
The plea caps a tragic story of addiction and wealth. Both Eva and Hans Kristian struggled publicly with drugs while donating millions to anti-addiction charities. The Rausings had previously been arrested in 2008 after Eva Rausing was caught trying to bring drugs into the U.S. Embassy in London.
The judiciary spokeswoman said that Hans Kristian would be sentenced later. He has been treated in a psychiatric facility in recent weeks.
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