Published on 13 Dec 2012 Sections

Kate prank call nurse was found hanged

The nurse who was duped by a prank call from two Australian radio DJs to the hospital treating the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was found hanging, an inquest has heard.

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, a mother-of-two from Bristol, was found in her nurses’ quarters by a colleague and a security guard on Friday.

There were also marks on her wrist.

Two notes were found in her room and another was among her possessions, London’s Westminster coroners court was told.

Detective Chief Inspector James Harman said: “On Friday 7 December Jacintha Saldanha was found by a colleague and a member of security staff. Sadly she was found hanging.

“There was also injuries to her wrist.

“The London Ambulance Service was called to the scene. At this time there are no suspicious circumstances.”

‘Appalling’ prank

Ms Saldanha was found dead on 7 December near the King Edward VII’s hospital in London after a hoax call from two DJs in Sydney, Australia, inquiring about the health of the Duchess of Cambridge.

The hospital subsequently called the prank “appalling” and humiliating to nursing staff.

On 10 December Mel Greig and Michael Christian, the DJs who had made the prank call, apologised for what had happened.

“If we played any involvement in her death, then we are very sorry for that,” said Ms Greig.

Earlier this week Keith Vaz MP referred to Jacintha Saldanha as “a loving mother and wife” after meeting the nurse’s family at the houses of parliament.