Australian DJs in Kate hospital hoax will not face charges over nurse’s death

By Daniel S Levine,

Mel Greig and Michael Christian, the two Australian DJs who became infamous around the world for pranking the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for morning sickness, will not be charged with a crime in connection with nurse Jacintha Saldanha’s suicide. The nurse took her own life just days after she took the call in December.

British prosecutors made the decision on Friday, noting that there wasn’t any evidence to support a manslaughter charge against them, notes The Associated Press. They said that there was “some evidence” to suggest that the DJs violated the Data Protection Act and Malicious Communications Act, but they decided it would not be in the public interest to pursue charges.

“It is not possible to extradite individuals from Australia in respect of the potential offences in question. However misguided, the telephone call was intended as a harmless prank,” Malcolm McHaffie of the Crown Prosecution Service told the media, reports The Telegraph. “The consequences in this case were very sad. We send our sincere condolences to Jacintha Saldanha’s family.”

The DJs had impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles in an attempt to get information from the hospital on Kate’s condition. Saldanha picked up the call and transferred them to Kate’s ward, where another nurse revealed information that had not been reported.

They later apologized, but their employer, 2Day FM, has already cancelled their show.



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