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Australian hoax call DJ to appear at inquest of Jacintha Saldanha

Australian hoax call DJ to appear at inquest of Jacintha Saldanha

Melbourne: One of the Australian DJs who made a hoax call about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge has said she will appear at the inquest into the death of the nurse who answered the phone, BBC reported Monday.

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanged in nurses' quarters in central London three days after the call.

Mel Greig said she was "determined to answer any questions surrounding her role in these tragic events" and would appear in person or by video link.

The inquest will be held in September.

It had been due to begin on 2 May but a spokeswoman for Westminster Coroner's Court said it had been adjourned until 12 September.

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Ms Greig and fellow 2Day FM DJ Michael Christian sparked widespread condemnation in December when they were put through to the duchess's ward after phoning the King Edward VII's Hospital in Marylebone, posing as the Prince of Wales and the Queen.

The duchess was receiving care for an extreme form of morning sickness.

Mrs Saldanha, a mother of two from Bristol, answered the phone and transferred the pair to a colleague who detailed the duchess's condition.

In a statement, Ms Greig's lawyers, Slater & Gordon, said her thoughts had been with the nurse's family ever since her death.

"Ms Greig fully understands their need for answers, which is why she has taken this step to appear as an individual at the inquest.

"She is determined to address any questions surrounding her role in these tragic events as part of the inquest.

"Ms Greig wants the family to know she will answer any questions the coroner or the family's lawyers may have."

Ms Greig, who has not returned to the airwaves since the call, said she would appear at the inquest either in person or by video link.

Mr Christian - who resumed broadcasting in February - has said he does not intend to make an individual statement.

Announcing details of the inquest last month, Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox said she had granted anonymity to a duty nurse who might have been one of the last people to speak to Mrs Saldanha on the night of the prank call.

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