Nurse Jacintha Saldanha’s Body is Released Following Coroner's Inquest: 'Sadly She Was Found Hanging'
Nearly one week later, the nurse’s body has been released to her family, following a coroner’s court hearing.
“On Friday December 7 Jacintha Saldanha was found by a colleague and a member of security staff. Sadly she was found hanging,” Detective Chief Inspector James Harman announced on Thursday [via Sky News].
“There were also injuries to her wrists. The London Ambulance Service was called to the scene. At this time there are no suspicious circumstances.”
Last week, 2DayFM hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian dialed into King Edward VII’s hospital posing as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles looking for an update on the pregnant Duchess’ condition. 46-year-old Saldanha was on the receiving end of the call.
The Australian DJs have since been moved to safe houses and have been given 24-hour protection.
According to The Herald Sun, several staff members, including at least 10 executives, have been paired with personal protection services, as threats continue to slam the station.
The most recent arrived by mail from South Australia, claiming there are “bullets out there with your [Christian’s] name on it,” among other harsh words.
Meanwhile, Australian media watchdog, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), has launched an inquiry to determine whether the radio station and staff were in breach of broadcasting license conditions.
Sky News reports that more than 2,500 complaints were sent from around the world to ACMA about the hoax call.
Earlier this week, Grieg and Christian broke their silence for the first time since the tragedy.
“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,” Greig told Australian program A Current Affair.
“It was just the team sitting down before the show . . . [we] just had the idea for just a simple harmless phone call. That we thought about making a call it was going to go for 30 seconds we were going to be hung up on and that was it. As innocent as that,” Christian added.donate at least $524,000 to Saldanha’s family, which includes her husband and two children.
“We are very sorry for what has happened,” Southern Cross Austereo chief Rhys Holleran said in a statement. “We hope that by contributing to a memorial fund we can help to provide the Saldanha family with the support they need at this very difficult time.”
Arrangements are being made to send Saldanha’s body back to her home country of India for a funeral.
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