Nurse in British royal prank was found hanged - inquest

LONDON Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:46pm IST

Lisha Barboza reacts as she stands with her father Ben while he holds a picture of his wife, nurse Jacintha Saldanha, as they leave the Houses of Parliament in London December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Lisha Barboza reacts as she stands with her father Ben while he holds a picture of his wife, nurse Jacintha Saldanha, as they leave the Houses of Parliament in London December 10, 2012.

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LONDON (Reuters) - A British nurse who committed suicide after being taken in by a prank call to a hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate hanged herself from a wardrobe in her apartment, police said on Thursday.

Jacintha Saldanha's body was found last Friday, days after she put the call from an Australian radio station through to a colleague who disclosed details of the treatment of the Duchess of Cambridge, suffering from acute morning sickness.

Detective chief inspector James Harman told the coroner, an official who certifies causes of death, at an inquest that Saldanha was found hanging by a scarf.

"There were also some injuries to the wrist," he said. Three notes were also discovered at the scene.

The prank made headlines around the world, as did news that Saldanha, who was married with two children, had then apparently committed suicide, leading to widespread condemnation of the radio station involved, 2Day FM.

Presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian had phoned the King Edward VII private hospital at 5:30 a.m. British time, pretending to be William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth and his father, heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles.

Despite their unconvincing impersonations, Saldanha, who happened to answer the phone, transferred the call through a nurse on Kate's ward who disclosed brief details of her condition. (Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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WhateverFor wrote:
When all is said and done, I suspect the reason the woman took her own life was not directly related to the prank but rather to the hospital’s reaction to her mistake. She was probably threatened with being fired. Her multiple suicide notes will be telling if revealed but then this is just a guess.

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