No charges will be brought against the Australian DJs over a hoax call to a British hospital treating Prince William’s wife Kate which led to the suicide of Indian nurse Jacintha Saldanha, 46, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)said on Friday.
Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian made the hoax call on December 4, 2012, to the King Edward VII’s hospital, posing as the Queen and Prince of Wales when Kate was being treated for pregnancy sickness.
Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, 46, who transferred their call to a colleague, who then described Kate’s condition in detail, was found hanging a few days after the incident, sparking a backlash against the 2Day FM DJs. One of the three suicide notesreportedly criticised colleagues over her treatment at the hospital.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced that no charges will be brought over the hoax calls.
It said there was no evidence to support a charge of manslaughter over the death of the nurse and that they would not be able to extradite the Australian DJs for data protection offences.
It said that while the act was misguided and had tragic consequences, “the telephone call was intended as a harmless prank.”- PTI