Hoaxed nurse Jacintha Saldanha hanged herself at hospital flats
THE Bristol nurse fooled by a hoax call to the London hospital treating the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was found hanged, an inquest has heard.
Jacintha Saldanha, a married mum-of-two from Southmead, was found dead in a block of nurses' flats last Friday, three days after the call from Australian radio presenters pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles.
She transferred the call, at King Edward VII Hospital where she worked, to a colleague who gave information on the duchess' sickness condition.
A post-mortem examination took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, but it was not until an inquest was opened at Westminster Coroner's Court yesterday that the medical cause of death was confirmed publicly.
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The inquest heard there were also marks on her wrist.
Two notes were found in her room and another was among her possessions.
Detective Chief Inspector James Harman said: "On Friday, December 7 Jacintha Saldanha was found by a colleague and a member of security staff. Sadly she was found hanging. There were also injuries to her wrist. At this time there are no suspicious circumstances."
Detectives are also looking into telephone calls and emails to see if they throw any light on the death, Mr Harman said.
He told the coroner, Dr Fiona Wilcox, that Scotland Yard detectives would be in contact with their colleagues in Australia to interview witnesses to "put the best evidence before you" about the circumstances of the death.
He said: "I can expect in the very near future to be in contact with colleagues in New South Wales."
The body of Indian-born Ms Saldanha, 46, had been visually identified by her accountant husband Benedict Barboza, the court heard.
None of her other heartbroken relatives were at the five-minute hearing but they were not forgotten by the coroner.
As she set a provisional date of March 26 next year for the resumption of the inquest, Dr Wilcox told family representatives in court: "I would like the police to pass on my sympathies to her family and everybody who has been touched by this tragic death."
Now all the evidence is to be gathered to allow Dr Wilcox to make a verdict on how Ms Saldanha died.
Ms Saldanha lived in Greystoke Avenue with her husband, daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16, but stayed in Marylebone, London, during the week while she worked at the hospital.
Australia's media watchdog has launched a formal inquiry into the hoax call, focusing on the licence- holder for 2DayFM radio station, Today FM Sydney Pty Ltd.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority will consider whether the licensee complied with its licence conditions and the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice.
The two presenters who performed the hoax, Michael Christian and Mel Greig, said they are "gutted and heartbroken" over the death.