No Charges Against Australian DJs, but How Could They Have Been?

The Australian DJ's responsible for the prank call which precluded nurse Jacintha Saldanha's suicide will not face charges. But what exactly could they have been charged for?

The Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement "that there is no evidence to support a charge of manslaughter and that although there is some evidence to warrant further investigation under the Data Protection Act and the Malicious Communications Act ... any potential prosecution would not be in the public interest." So, a potential manslaughter charge was facing the two radio presenters, who can't have known how far their 'harmless' prank would go. It would have been a highly controversial charge, though, considering how many prank calls go viral and aren't subjected to a criminal investigation. Ill-advised as it may be, their prank call was desperately unfortunate, not predicated and malicious.

The pair, of course, rang the hospital in which a pregnant Kate Middleton was visiting due to a serious bout of morning sickness. "The consequences of that hoax call are well known, and tragic," John Lofthouse, the hospital's chief executive, said in a statement. "We will continue to support the family of much-loved nurse Jacintha Saldanha during what continues to be a very sad time."


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