Saturday 1 November 2014

Royal hoax nurse inquest next week

Published 04/09/2014 | 09:05

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha took a hoax phone call about the Duchess of Cambridge (Metropolitan Police/PA)

The inquest into a nurse from Bristol found dead after answering a hoax call for the Duchess of Cambridge while she was in hospital for acute morning sickness will be held next week.

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found dead in her staff housing shortly after she was tricked into revealing details of Kate's stay at London's King Edward VII Hospital.

Mother-of-two Mrs Saldanha was the first nurse to answer a call by Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who pretended to be the Queen and Prince Philip for an on-air prank.

She passed them on to a second nurse on Kate's ward, who was duped into giving out details of her medical condition.

Mrs Saldanha's body was found hanging on December 7 2012 - three days after she took the call.

Her inquest has faced repeated delays, but Westminster Council announced on Wednesday that her inquest will be held at the Royal Courts of Justice on September 11 and 12.

The two presenters are not expected to give evidence at the hearing.

Press Association

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