Kate Middleton Prank Call: British Police Ask Australia to Review Case (Report)
Scotland Yard has asked Aussie forces to weigh in on the case against two DJs whose stunt last year preceded the suicide of a nurse at the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge.
LONDON -- Scotland Yard detectives are reportedly asking the Australian police to review the case of the Australian radio DJs who made the now-infamous royal prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital room last year.
The British police are looking to see if DJs Mel Grieg and Michael Christian can be charged with any offense in Australia despite a decision made in the U.K. to not prosecute the pair under local law.
According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, the U.K. law enforcers have passed their file on the incident to their colleagues in Australia to see if Grieg and Christian broke any laws there.
Nurse Jacinta Saldanha committed suicide after taking a call from Greig and fellow 2DayFM presenter Christian about Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, who was being treated for acute morning sickness in a London hospital.
Saldanha put the call through to the Duchess’ room, where another nurse revealed private medical details about her condition.
British police investigated whether or not the two could be charged with any offense under the Malicious Communications Act. But in February, the Crown Prosecution Service said that prosecution would not be in the public interest.
"However misguided, the telephone call was intended as a harmless prank. The consequences in this case were very sad," said a spokeperson at the time.
The inquest into Saldanha's death is due to take place this September and Grieg is expected to fly to Britain to give evidence at the hearing.
The news of the police action comes on the same day that it emerged that Grieg is taking legal action against her employer, Southern Cross Austereo, for failing to provide a safe workplace, according to local reports from Australia.