Indian nurse hoax call death: Inquest hearing into death in May

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 05:34 hrs

The inquest into the death of Indian nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, who answered a hoax call about the pregnant Duchess Kate, will be heard in May.

Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox told the BBC that the inquest will take place in central London on May 2.

Saldanha's husband Benedict Barboza, daughter Lisha and son Junal stood quietly as MP Keith Vaz spoke of their suffering outside Westminster Coroner's Court.

"Today marks the beginning of the end as far the legal process is concerned but it does not take away the terrible grief the family are still suffering," Vaz, who is representing the family, said.

He said that the next few weeks are going to be very difficult for the family until May 2 when the inquest will begin.

He asserted that both Saldanha's kids have very important exams that they wish to concentrate on.

Vaz said that these have been dreadful, dreadful weeks and months for the family and they will never ever come to terms with Saldanha's death, but they hope that this process will begin the healing process.

At the hearing, anonymity was granted to a duty nurse, who may have been one of the last people to speak with Saldanha on the night of the call, as there was "concern" that the nurse could come under the same pressure stoked by the media, according to Fiona Barton QC, for the hospital.

Australian 2Day FM DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig had sparked widespread condemnation in December when they were put through to the Duchess's ward after calling King Edward VII's Hospital in Marylebone, posing as the Prince of Wales and the Queen.

She was receiving care at the hospital for an extreme form of morning sickness when Christian and Greig made the prank call.

Saldanha answered the phone and put the two DJs through to a colleague who detailed Kate's condition, her body was found in nurses' quarters three days later. (ANI)

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