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Tuesday 2 September 2014

DJ prank nurse made previous attempts to commit suicide

Wesley Johnson London

Published 24/12/2012 | 05:00

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THE nurse who was found hanged after the Kate Middleton radio DJ prank had made two previous suicide attempts, it has emerged.

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Jacintha Saldanha (46) was treated in intensive care at a hospital in Mangalore, India, in January, after reportedly falling from a building.

It came just nine days after she attempted to commit suicide with an overdose of pills during a family visit to India, according to reports.

The details emerged as Scotland Yard submitted a file and asked prosecutors to consider whether any potential offences were committed by two Australian DJs who called the nurse who then transferred their call to a colleague who described Kate's condition.

Mrs Saldanha's brother Naveen said she never talked about previous suicide attempts or discussed her life and health issues with him during her visits to Mangalore.

But he added he visited the mother of two when she was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Father Muller Medical College Hospital on January 8 following the fall.

He said: "Jacintha never wanted the family to know of the incident and we played a behind-the-scenes role.

"Even this incident was not discussed at home for the knowledge of it would have hurt my ailing mother Carmine."

More than 2,000 mourners joined her family as they paid an emotional farewell to her last week at her funeral in southern India.

Her husband Benedict Barboza and son, Junal, carried Mrs Saldanha's coffin down the aisle of the Church of Our Lady of Health in Shirva.

Her daughter Lisha said her mother's death left an "unfillable void in our lives".

Ronald Saldanha, a relative, added in the church address: "Benedict has become a widower and her children are motherless."

An inquest earlier this month heard Mrs Saldanha had been found hanged in staff accommodation on December 7 and there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

A few days earlier she had put the hoax call through to a colleague, who relayed confidential details about the health of the duchess.

Mrs Saldanha left three notes. One was said to have criticised staff at the King Edward VII Hospital in London, where the duchess was being treated for severe morning sickness, while another detailed wishes for her funeral.

It is claimed that a third directly referred to the Australian presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian, expressing her anger at the way she had been treated.

Counselling

The two hosts, who have since made tearful public apologies on television, have been taken off air and are receiving counselling.

Miss Greig said: "There's not a minute that goes by where we don't think about her family and what they must be going through, and the thought we may have played a part in that is gut-wrenching.

"We are shattered. We are people, too; I am still trying to make sense of it all."

Australia media watchdog has launched an investigation into the radio station 2Day FM to examine whether it breached standards of decency or privacy.

The probe could potentially result in the station having its licence suspended or revoked. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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