The billionaire husband of heiress Eva Rausing is being represented by a top 7/7 lawyer after he was arrested on suspicion of her murder, it emerged today.
Mrs Rausing’s body was discovered by officers searching the couple’s £50 million Belgravia home on Monday after her husband Hans Kristian was stopped by police driving erratically in south London.
Mr Rausing’s family, part of the Swedish Tetra Pak dynasty, are believed to have been behind the appointment of top criminal barrister Neil Saunders QC.
Mr Saunders has appeared in a number of high-profile cases and acted on behalf of 10 families at the 7/7 inquest which finished last year.
He was joined by solicitor Ben Rose, a partner at Hickman and Rose, as an inquest into Mrs Rausing’s death opened at Westminster Coroner’s Courttoday.
The inquest heard Home Office pathologist Simon Poole had represented the Rausing family at a post-mortem examination carried out by Dr Nat Carey, which proved to be inconclusive.
The court was told police have not yet been able to interview Mr Rausing, who has a history of drug abuse and is being held at a secure hospital after suffering a suspected breakdown.
Detective Inspector Sharon Marman, leading the investigation, from the Met’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “On Monday July 9 this year police had the occasion to stop Hans Rausing driving a car in Wandsworth.
“Officers suspected that he had been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“As a result he was arrested and his car was searched.
“Within the car a small amount of drugs were found and he was taken back to Wandsworth police station.
“An authority was granted to search his home address. During the course of the search officers discovered the apparently lifeless body of a female in one of the bedrooms.
“That female has been identified as Eva Louise Rausing.
“We have not yet been in a position to interview Mr Rausing. He has been arrested on suspicion of her murder and we await notification of when he would be fit to be interviewed by police.”
Mrs Rausing’s Pepsi executive father, Thomas Kemeny, 71, has provided details to police to identify her.
Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said she would be updated by police as to the progress of their investigation on October 5.
Mr Rausing’s legal team were also to tell her next week whether they would be asking for another post-mortem examination which would indicate when her body may be released.