Mel Greig evidence not required at Saldanha Inquest

radioinfo’s London reporter Lorraine Horgan says Mel Greig offered to give evidence at Jachintha Saldanha’s inquest, but the offer was not accepted.

The inquest heard that four calls were made to the hospital to check if staff understood the prank call had been recorded for broadcast.

It is not known whether Jachintha Saldahna gave her consent for the call to be broadcast as a result of the four calls.

The Coroner commended Mel Greig for her appearance at the inquest.

Fiona Barton QC, representing the hospital, told the inquest that, if Ms Saldanha answered any of these calls it could only have added to the stress she was under when she realised this was a prank call. She told the inquest:

“We do not know if the calls were in fact answered. If they were answered by Jacintha Saldanha there is an issue as to what was said as that could have further confounded the stress she felt and therefore had an impact on her death some time after.”

Barton said the hospital has no record of any follow-up calls being made during working hours.

Southern Cross Austereo’s lawyer Maya Sikand said the issue of whether Jacintha Sandanha had actually answered the follow up calls “would not assist the court in any way.”

Lorraine Horgan, radioinfo’s reporter at the inquest, has filed this report. Your station may broadcast the report if you credit radioinfo.

(picture: radioinfo reporter)

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