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'The family want answers': MP Keith Vaz demands 'full facts' from Kate hoax radio station as inquest hears hanged nurse had left three notesInquest into death of Jacintha Saldanha, 46, opened in Westminster today
It reveals colleague and security guard found mother-of-two last Friday
Two notes were found in her room and one was among her possessions
Cameron: 'She clearly loved her job and many lessons need to be learned'
00:22 GMT, 14 December 2012
The nurse found dead after a hoax call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge left three notes, a court heard yesterday.
The body of Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was discovered in her room in staff quarters last Friday.
Two notes were found nearby and a third was among her possessions.
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Family support: MP Keith Vaz addresses the media outside Westminster Coroner's Court following a hearing
The mother of two had also sent a number of emails and made telephone calls that police believe might help explain what happened.
During a five-minute hearing at Westminster Coroner’s Court yesterday it was revealed that attempts were made to revive the nurse but they were ‘to no avail’.
Detective Chief Inspector James Harman said: ‘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. The London Ambulance Service was called to the scene. At this time there are no suspicious circumstances.’
Scotland Yard detectives are examining the notes, as well as interviewing Mrs Saldanha’s friends, family and colleagues at London’s King Edward VII hospital.
Mrs Saldanha, a night sister, was the senior nurse on duty when she took a call at 5.30am on Tuesday from Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who were pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles.
She unwittingly transferred the call to a colleague, who described in detail the condition of Kate, who was being treated for severe morning sickness.
Reporters and cameramen: A policeman stands on duty outside as media gather at Westminster Coroner's Court where the initial inquest into nurse Jacintha Saldanha's death is being opened, in London today
Condolences: Flowers and personal messages
(right) are pictured outside the King Edward VII Hospital apartments
where Jacintha Saldanha (left) was found dead in central London last
Mr Harman told the hearing detectives
had been in contact with colleagues in New South Wales and would be
taking statements from those involved in the prank call.
MASS FOR JACINTHA SALDANHA
A mass will be held on Saturday for Ms Saldanha at London's Westminster Cathedral.
mass will be offered 'for the repose of the soul of Jacintha and her
grieving family', a spokesman for Westminster Cathedral said.
'We would hope to hold a more formal memorial after the inquest has concluded.'
Mrs Saldanha’s accountant husband Ben
Barboza, 49, identified her body. Coroner Fiona Wilcox opened and
adjourned the inquest until March 26.
Mrs Saldanha, who was born in India,
lived in London during the week and returned home to Bristol to be with
her family at weekends.
Mr Barboza and children Junal, 17, and Lisha,
14, had been expecting her home for the weekend and were apparently
unaware of her role in the hoax call.
Labour MP Keith Vaz, who has been
representing the family, said they could expect the results of a
post-mortem examination within four days.
Hearing: Members of the media gather outside Westminster Coroner's Court in central London where the inquest into the death of Jacintha Saldana is being held
Together: Mr Barboza (centre) at the Houses of Parliament with Lisha and Junal to meet with Mr Vaz (right)
He added: ‘The family is very grateful
to the coroner’s court for the way they have dealt with the matter and
they are extremely grateful to the Metropolitan Police.
‘As you know they are very upset and they are grieving and they are comforting each other.’
A memorial service is due to take
place in Bristol tonight and a mass is to be held for Mrs Saldanha at
London’s Westminster Cathedral tomorrow morning.
Saddened: Sydney-based 2DayFM radio presenters Michael Christian (left) and Mel Greig (right in left, and right) made a grovelling apology in two interviews aired on Australian TV yesterday (one seen right)
The mass will be offered ‘for the
repose of the soul of Jacintha and her grieving family’, a spokesman for
Westminster Cathedral said. He added: ‘We would hope to hold a more
formal memorial after the inquest has concluded.’
Southern Cross Austereo, the parent
company of Sydney-based 2Day FM which broadcast the hoax call, has ended
Greig and Christian’s Hot 30 show and suspended prank calls across the
Last night it was revealed Mrs
Saldanha’s family have been offered bereavement counselling in their
home city of Bristol by the King Edward VII hospital.
In a letter to John Lofthouse, the chief executive of the private hospital, Mr Vaz says the family will take up this offer.
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AUSTRALIA MEDIA WATCHDOG LAUNCHES INQUIRY INTO RADIO HOAX
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Presenter: 2Day FM DJ Mel Greig is pictured (right in left photo) with her sister Alana Munday (left in left) in Adelaide in April 2011 – and (right) at Oakbank Racecourse in South Australia in the same month
authority’s chairman, Mr Chris Chapman, said it would be examining
‘whether the licensee has complied with its broadcasting obligations.’
Saldanha took her life just days after receiving a hoax phone call at
London’s King Edward VII hospital from Sydney DJs Mel Greig and Michael
another nurse in the ward where Kate Middleton was being treated for
morning sickness believed they were talking to the Queen and Prince
Charles, despite the unimpressive attempts by the DJs to imitate the
Austero has repeatedly apologised for the ‘tragic, regrettable death’ of
the nurse and has committed at least $500,000 (326,000) to a memorial
fund for her family, the media watchdog has shown its determination to
dig deeper into the scandal.
It is expected to demand who was working at the time the hoax was perpetrated and who approved it.
Those who will be questioned, it is understood, will be producers and lawyers who were on duty, or on call, at the time.
has been in damage control ever since the death of nurse Saldanha,
including permitting the two DJs to appear on Australian tv and, amid
their tears, express their sorrow for the tragic consequences of their
will be referring heavily to the radio broadcasting code, particular a
part which states that it is a breach to record a person in
conversation, and also air it, without their knowledge.
Section 6.1 of the code states that ‘a licensee must not broadcast the
words of an identifiable person unless that person has been informed in
advance or a reasonable person would be aware that the words may be
adds that there must not be a broadcast unless, ‘in the case of words
which have been recorded without the knowledge of the person, that
person has subsequently, but prior to the broadcast, expressed consent
to the broadcast of the word.’
station’s parent company has said it attempted to contact the hospital
five times following the hoax call to discuss it, but had not been able
to speak to anyone.
company has not explained why it still went to air with the recording
even though it had not been able to reach anyone at the hospital
following the prank.
is understood the hospital has written to Austereo demanding to know
how it has arrived at a figure of $500,000 to be given to the nurse’s
family – and has given it until tomorrow to reply.
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