Royal hoax DJs get death threats

MEGAN LEVY
Last updated 09:39 14/12/2012

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TRAGIC END: Nurse Jacintha Saldanha was the victim of a prank call from two Australian radio hosts.

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Sydney police are investigating death threats made against the 2Day FM DJs who made the royal hoax call that may have contributed to the suicide of a British nurse.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian impersonated the Queen and Prince Charles when they made a hoax call to the hospital, answered by Jacintha Saldanha who transferred the pair to the royal ward.

The mother-of-two was duped by the Australian DJs who were seeking details about Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine, who was receiving treatment for acute morning sickness.

Detectives are holding discussions with the radio station’s management, the spokeswoman said, but she could not comment on reports that Southern Cross Austereo had moved about a dozen staff into hotels and hired bodyguards for executives in the wake of the suspected suicide of the nurse.

Southern Cross Austereo has been contacted for comment.

Eastern Suburbs detectives seized a letter yesterday afternoon "which contained a number of threats", a police spokeswoman said.

Police would not detail the nature of those threats, or confirm reports that the letter stated there were "bullets out there with your [Christian's] name on it".

Other threats involving a shotgun were reportedly made in the letter, believed to have originated in South Australia.

A police spokeswoman said detectives were attempting to identify the author of the letter, and urged anyone with information about it to contact police.

During a brief hearing in London on Thursday morning (local time), Westminster Coroner’s Court was told Saldanha, 46, was found dead at staff quarters near King Edward VII hospital where she worked.

The coronial hearing was also told investigators found three notes, handwritten by Saldanha. The London inquest has been adjourned until March 26, next year.

- Sydney Morning Herald

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