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Prince George

Prank DJs will not face charges

1 Feb, 2013

The Crown Prosecution Service said there was no evidence to support a manslaughter charge against DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who posed as the Queen and Prince of Wales to call the King Edward VII’s hospital in central London when Kate was being treated for a rare form of pregnancy sickness. Nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who transferred them to a colleague who then described Kate’s condition in detail, was found hanged a few days after the incident.

Following a global backlash against the two hoaxers the case was investigated but Malcolm McHaffie, deputy head of special crime at the CPS, said any potential prosecution would not be in the public interest.

Having carefully reviewed the evidence currently available, we have concluded that there is no evidence to support a charge of manslaughter and that, although there is some evidence to warrant further investigation of offences under the Data Protection Act 1998, the Malicious Communications Act 1988 and the Communications Act 2003, no further investigation is required because any potential prosecution would not be in the public interest,’

Mr McHaffie said the CPS had taken into account, among other matters, that it is not possible to extradite people from Australia on the potential offences in question. He also said it considered that ‘however misguided, the telephone call was intended as a harmless prank’.