Charges dropped against Tamara Ecclestone's husband Jay Rutland

The husband of Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone will face no further action in relation to an accusation that he assisted an offender.

Jay Rutland, 35, of Kensington, west London, was due to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court, but was excused from the hearing after receiving a discontinuation notice from the prosecution.

Tamara Ecclestone with husband Jay Rutland
Tamara Ecclestone with husband Jay Rutland, who will face no further action on charges of assisting an offender (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

It had been alleged that on or before September 21, he facilitated the movement of an international fugitive across international borders with the intent to impede the apprehension of someone who had committed the offence of failing to appear for drug trafficking and firearms offences, knowing or believing him to be guilty of the offence.

The court heard there was not enough evidence to proceed with the charge against the property developer and son-in-law of F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.

District Judge Sonia Sims said: "In relation to Mr Rutland, the file will be noted as discontinued. Based on the evidence that is here today, there is insufficient evidence."

Jay Rutland and Tamara Ecclestone
Jay and Tamara with two-year-old daughter Sophia (Yui Mok/PA)

Neither Jay nor Tamara, with whom he has a young daughter, attended the hearing which lasted less than a minute.

The case against a co-defendant Martin Beckett, 42, who was charged with the same offence, was also discontinued.

A statement released on behalf of Jay said: "Mr Rutland has always maintained his innocence and, although disappointed to have been charged, is pleased that the matter has been concluded at this early stage."

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