Australian DJs unlikely to be charged over Duchess of Cambridge prank phone call that led to nurse Jacintha Saldanha's death


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Australian police have said that two Australian DJs were unlikely to be charged over a prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated, after which a nurse from Bristol died.

The Australian Daily Telegraph reported New South Wales deputy police commissioner Nick Kaldas as saying Scotland Yard had not asked for any further information or to interview Mel Greig and Michael Christian, DJs for the Sydney-based 2Day FM, in connection with the death of Jacintha Saldanha on 7 December. “Nor do we expect there to be any requests,” he told the newspaper.

However, the Crown Prosecution Service said today that no decision had yet been taken on whether to charge the pair.

Ms Saldanha, 46, a mother-of-two, was found hanged in her nurses’ quarters three days after she transferred the call from Greig and Christian to a colleague at London’s King Edward VII’s Hospital who then described Kate’s condition in detail.

Scotland Yard said before Christmas that it submitted a file to the CPS on 19 December “for them to consider whether any potential offences may have been committed by making the hoax call”.

A CPS spokesman said: “It [the file] is still under consideration.”

Greig and Christian spoke of their grief on soon after the nurse’s death. They said their prank had prompted “a tragic turn of events no one could have predicted or expected”.