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Hans Rausing admits preventing lawful burial

01/08/2012

48 year old Hans Kristian Rausing has pleaded guilty today (1 August 2012) at Isleworth Crown Court to one count of preventing lawful and decent burial and one count of driving whilst unfit through drugs.

For preventing the lawful and decent burial of Eva Rausing, the defendant has been sentenced to ten months imprisonment suspended for two years. He must complete a residential drug rehabilitation treatment programme and that will commence immediately.

For driving whilst under the influence of drugs, the defendant has been sentenced to two months imprisonment concurrent to the above sentence suspended for two years. He has been disqualified from driving for two years. He must complete a residential drug rehabilitation treatment programme and that will commence immediately.

If Hans Rausing re-offends or fails to complete the drug rehabilitation requirement of his sentence within the two year period of the suspended sentence, then he will be sent to prison. 

Gary Dolby, CPS London Head of Homicide, said: "When making the decision to charge Hans Rausing with preventing the lawful burial of Eva Rausing, the Crown Prosecution Service gave careful consideration as to whether a prosecution was in the public interest.

"Mr. Rausing has well documented personal problems which no doubt contributed to his actions in the weeks following his wife's death. However, he went to some lengths to conceal her body despite numerous opportunities to tell someone what had happened. This resulted in Mrs Rausing's family being unaware of her death for some time after it happened.

"His actions were unlawful and it is right that he now has a criminal conviction."

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