Nurse Jacintha Saldanha left three notes, inquest told

Dec 13, 2012

The nurse who died after receiving a prank call was found hanging from a scarf

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A NURSE who apparently killed herself after transferring a prank call from a radio station to the hospital ward treating the Duchess of Cambridge for morning sickness, left three notes, an inquest has heard.

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanging from a scarf attached to a wardrobe and had injuries to her wrists, Westminster coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox was told at the opening of the inquest today.

Detective Chief Inspector James Harman told the five-minute hearing that two notes were found "at the scene" and another was discovered in the nurse's "belongings", The Guardian reports.

"At this time there are no suspicious circumstances apparent to me in relation to this death," Harman said.

Adjourning the inquest until 26 March, Wilcox spoke directly to Saldanha's colleagues, who were at the hearing. "I wish to pass on my sympathy to you and her family and all those touched by this terribly tragic death" she said.

Emails and calls: Police are now examining a number of emails they say are relevant to the case and are checking Saldanha's telephone contacts. They have interviewed a number of witnesses, family members, friends and colleagues.

Memorial services: Two will be held for the mother-of-two - one on Friday, in her home town of Bristol, and a second on Saturday, in the chapel at London's Westminster Cathedral.

Morrissey complaint: The former Smiths singer Morrissey, touring New Zealand, has weighed in on the tragedy, accusing the Royal Family of "staggering arrogance" over the nurse's death.

Watchdog inquiry: The Sydney radio station that made the prank call to the King Edward VII hospital could lose its licence if a formal investigation by the Australian broadcasting regulator goes against it, reports The Australian. The Australian Communications and Media Authority will decide if the station breached broadcasting obligations when it aired the call without getting permission from Saldanha and another nurse who discussed Kate Middleton's health over the phone, thinking they were talking to the Queen and Prince Charles.

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