Royal hoax nurse Jacintha Saldanha was found hanged
JACINTHA Saldanha, the nurse fooled by a hoax call to the London hospital treating the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, was found hanged, an inquest has heard today.
The 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's 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 this morning, that the medical cause of death was confirmed publicly.
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The hearing is unlikely to conclude today and will be adjourned for all the evidence to be gathered to allow the coroner to make a verdict on how Ms Saldanha died.
The 46-year-old lived in Greystoke Avenue with her husband Benedict Barboza, 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 did the hoax, Michael Christian and Mel Greig, said they are "gutted and heartbroken" over the death.
Yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to Ms Saldanha and said MPs' sympathies and condolences would be with her family.
He told the House of Commons: "She clearly loved her job, loved her work, cared deeply about the health of her patients and what has happened is a complete tragedy. There will be many lessons that need to be learned."