Last updateTue, 17 Mar 2015 2pm

Jacintha Saldanha inquest delayed as coroner "seeks more information"

An inquest into the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha following a prank phone call last year by two Australian radio hosts has been postponed for a second time.

The inquest was due to be held on Thursday and Friday this week in central London.

But a spokesman for Westminster council, which handles media inquiries for Westminster coroner's court where the inquest was first opened, said it had been adjourned again because coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox was "seeking more information".

He added: "We hope to have a new date within a few days."

The inquest was initially scheduled for May but was delayed until this week.

Saldanha killed herself just days after radio station 2DayFM's Mel Greig and Michael Christian rang London's King Edward VII hospital posing as the Queen and Prince Charles.

The 46-year-old had transferred the call to a duty nurse who gave out information about Prince William's pregnant wife Kate Middleton.

The radio station said last week it had phone records showing it attempted to gain permission to air the now infamous prank call.

A spokesman said the station had always maintained that four follow-up calls were made despite the hospital stating it had no records of the calls.

"It has been somewhat contentious for a while, but today 2DayFM has established through its phone logs and verification by the phone company that those calls were made to the hospital after the first call, which became known as the prank call," the 2DayFM spokesman told AAP on Tuesday.

The inquest will hear evidence from Greig who confirmed earlier this year, through her lawyers, that she would travel to London for the hearing.

The coroner has granted anonymity to a duty nurse who may have been one of the last people to speak with Indian-born Saldanha on the night of the call.

It was revealed in July that the Australian federal police and NSW police were evaluating a file, provided to them by London's Metropolitan police, over the phone call made on December 4 last year.

- Australian Associated Press



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