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Jacintha took her own life: UK coroner

world Updated: Sep 13, 2014 01:26 IST
HT Correspondent
Jacintha Saldanha

A coroner conducting an inquest into the death of Indian-origin nurse Jacintha Saldanha concluded on Friday that she took her own life after a prank call she took from two Australia radio DJ about a pregnant duchess of Cambridge was 'clearly pressing her mind'.

Coroner Fiona Wilcox said after a two-day inquest that three notes by Mangalore-origin Saldanha provided evidence of her intention to take her own life. Saldanha, 46, who worked at the King Edward VIII Hospital here, was found dead on December 7 2012.

Saldanha took the prank call from the Australian radio station, and transferred it to the nurse who was looking after Kate Middleton, who had been admitted in hospital for morning sickness.

Details of her condition were given out and then broadcast on the station.

Meanwhile, an Australian DJ who hoaxed the London hospital treating Kate made an emotional apology on Friday to the family of the nurse who killed herself days after she answered the prank call.

“I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I have wanted to say this to you for so long,” a tearful Greig said directly to Saldanha’s husband and two children.

“This tragedy is always going to stay with me,” she added.