Police say prank call nurse found hanging
Details of Jacintha Saldanha's death described in court
A nurse who took a prank call from an Australian radio station was found by work colleagues "hanging by her neck by a scarf from a wardrobe door" at her hospital living quarters, a coroner's court in London heard Thursday.
Jacintha Saldanha, who was found dead last Friday, left three notes, two at the scene and a third with her belongings, Westminster Coroner's Court heard. The details of the notes were not disclosed.
There were also "some injuries to her wrist," Detective Chief Inspector James Harman said.
The nurse, who was married with two teenaged children, put through the prank call December 4 to a nurse on the ward where Prince William's wife, Catherine, was being treated for acute morning sickness.
Some details of her condition were given to the radio DJs, who impersonated Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II.
The details emerged as an inquest into Saldanha's death was opened.
The coroner's court was told that Saldanha's body was formally identified Tuesday by her husband, Benedict Barboza.
Police are looking at e-mails and telephone records, Harman said, and will speak to Saldanha's friends and co-workers about what could have led to her death.
At this time there are no suspicious circumstances, he said.
Police will also be in touch with Australian police in New South Wales to find out what would be the best way of gathering evidence, Harman said. This could involve either going to Australia or collecting evidence remotely.
Saldanha, whose tragic death triggered wide public anger against the radio station, Sydney-based 2Day FM, was represented at the coroner's court by co-workers from the hospital.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority, the country's media watchdog, on Thursday opened a formal investigation into 2Day FM's broadcast of the prank call.
"The ACMA will be examining whether the licensee has complied with its broadcasting obligations," said chairman Chris Chapman.
The station's owner, media network Southern Cross Austereo, pledged Tuesday to donate at least 500,000 Australian dollars (US$524,000) to a fund for the nurse's family.
It lifted a moratorium on advertising Thursday, with all profits to the end of the year to go to the fund.
The 46-year-old nurse, who moved to the UK from India a decade ago, had worked at King Edward VII's Hospital, where Catherine was being treated, for the past four years
The coroner adjourned the inquest until a provisional date of March 26.
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