Prank call nurse may have been suicidal before call
AS POLICE in London confirmed they had referred a complaint against the two Australian DJs at the centre of the royal prank call scandal to British prosecutors on Sunday, it was revealed the nurse who died soon after may have been suicidal before she took the call.
Jacinta Saldanha, 46, was found dead in hospital nursing accommodation on December 7 shortly after placing a phone call from 2Dday FM hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian through to the ward where Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, was being treated for morning sickness.
The radio hosts, who have expressed remorse over the stunt, have been battling an angry British press and death threats ever since.
A coronial inquest revealed one of Ms Saldanha's suicide notes had referred to the hoax.
Her body was flown to India for burial.Indian media outlets on the weekend reported family members had alleged Ms Saldanha had been prescribed anti-depressants and had attempted suicide twice before the prank call incident.
According to news.com.au, one of the reports said Ms Saldanha had attempted to take her own life in 2011 but was rushed to hospital and saved, only to make a second attempt nine days later.
She reportedly remained in intensive care before receiving psychiatric treatment and medication.
Earlier this month New South Wales and Australian Federal Police confirmed they had been contacted by their British counterparts over the prank call.
On Sunday Scotland Yard confirmed they had sent a file on the case to the Crown Prosecution Service, which will now decide if the hosts should face criminal charges.
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