December 13, 2012, London
The post mortem results of Royal hoax nurse Jacintha Saldhana have been made public today. As we had thought all indications pointed to suicide when Jacintha was found. She was hanging from her wardrobe by a scarf.
Yesterday there was much speculation about the results but until the inquest opened today the details were kept under wraps. The case has been fast-tracked through what is often a legal quagmire, presumably due to the royal connection.
The inquest opened at the Westmninster Coroner's Court but is expected to be adjourned until a later date after initial evidence is given. Jacintha was found at the London's King Edward VII hospital in a room she used when working. Living in Bristol she traveled to London to work as a nurse and stayed in the accommodation provided. Foul play is not suspected.
It has been revealed that Jacintha also had injuries to her wrists. Three suicide notes were found. The police investigating Jacintha's death continue to interview family and colleagues plus inquiries are underway in Australia.
There have been calls for the naming of the radio show executives responsible for airing the so called prank call. In Australia it is against the law to air such a hoax or prank call without prior warning to the person or persons involved. The radio station claims to have tried to contact various people at the King Edward VII hospital in London but there is no hard evidence to support that.
Yesterday we reported that the radio station was giving £320 thousand to a memorial fund set up in Jacintha's name.
Whilst the money is in some ways good news it does not bring back Jacintha. Her colleagues, friends and loved ones have lost her forever. It could be that Jacintha was suffering stress or mental health issues to act in such away following this prank call. It could be that her cultural beliefs made her feel as if she had done great wrong. Whilst many say that you cannot blame the young pair of pranksters their action proved to be the final straw. This must surely mean that even if there were contributory factors they pushed her over the edge.
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