Skip to comments.Australian DJs behind royal hospital hoax phone call 'will not face charges', police say
Posted on 12/28/2012 7:21:15 AM PST by Uncle Chip
The two Australian DJs whose hoax phone call has been blamed for the death of a nurse at a hospital which treated Kate Middleton for morning sickness are unlikely to face any charges.
It was originally thought the two hosts could face prosecution but yesterday Sydney police said no request had been made by detectives in the UK suggesting no further action would be taken.
New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas said yesterday: 'Nor do we expect there to be any requests.'
Mr Kaldas said Scotland Yard had not asked for any further information or to interview the two Sydney-based hosts.
Since her death, it has been revealed Ms Saldanha had attempted to kill herself twice in the past year and had been prescribed anti-depressants.
Officers submitted a file to the CPS last week for it to consider whether any offences may have been committed by making the hoax call.
But senior police in Australia believe British prosecutors would have difficulty in finding a charge that could be laid against the two DJs.
Since the nurse's death, the pair have been subjected to hate mail and death threats forcing them to go into hiding.
Apart from a TV interview in the days after the suicide, the two have not been seen in public.
They made a tearful apology and their radio station has pledged at least $500,000 - about £320,000 - to help the dead nurse's family.
A London inquest heard earlier this month that Ms Saldanha had been found in staff accommodation and there were no suspicious circumstances over her death. Ms Saldanha left three notes, in one of which she criticised the DJs.
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That’s why the law insists that in such cases, all parties agree to the broadcast. The nurse would have undoubtedly not agreed to the broadcast had she been contacted.
This reminds me of the Dixie Chicks. Sure, you can say something stupid on the radio to get attention. But don’t be totally surprised if you get it, and it ruins your career.
eggshell skull principle.
you take your victim as you find them.
It is no different than yelling “boo” to a person with a weak heart.
The fact she had previous issues does not change their liablity. This should have gone to a jury and let the jury decide. The previous attempts are irrelivant to their liability.
One hopes the family sues civiliy.
Of course they won’t be charged, they are sick freaks who think the media is above the law. I hope someone gives them a face pounding.