Inquest hears UK royal prank nurse found hanged

13 December 2012

The nurse who died after being involved in a telephone prank targetting the British royal family was found hanged.

On the first day of the inquest into Jacintha Saldana’s death, it has been revealed that the 46-year-old mother of two also had injuries to her wrists and left three apparent suicide notes.

Her body was found on December, 7 in nurses’ accommodation near King Edward VII hospital.

Outside the coroner’s court in Westminster, Labour MP Keith Vaz, who has been acting as the family’s spokesman said: “The family is very grateful to the corononer’s court for the way in which they have dealt with this matter.

“They (the family) will await the outcome of the post-mortem. This will come in four weeks and they will await the outcome. In the meantime, they are grieving in their homes,” said Vaz.

Australia’s commercial radio regulator, the

Australian Communications and Media Authority, is investigating the prank by the two DJs from 2Day FM, who called the hospital that treated the Duchess of Cambridge for acute morning sickness.

Candlelight vigils are being held in southern India, where Saldanha was from.

2Day FM, the station behind the prank, is donating all advertising profits until the end of the year to Saldanha’s family and say the minimum amount will be over 400,000 euros.

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