Texas nurse Jacintha Saldanha killed four people while having an affair and trying to get pregnant by a foreigner in a bungled hospital plot that was documented in transcripts released by London’s Old Bailey criminal court on Friday. Ms. Saldanha, 47, was convicted of murdering her boss, a nurse at King Edward VII Hospital, by duping him into thinking she was caring for Princess Catherine. “If it wasn’t for her lying, Philip would have loved her,” said prosecutor Andrew Edis of Mr. King, referring to the nurse’s partner and Philip Hampton, who worked for the hospital’s respiratory department. She also injected the Queen’s press secretary, Ailsa Anderson, and two others, who subsequently died, with a lethal dose of medicine.
Ms. Saldanha came to the London hospital in November 2012 after a series of nurses suffered nervous breakdowns. When she began working there, Ms. Saldanha became furious with nurse Dawn Sturgess, who had been given a job there instead of Ms. Saldanha after a job fair. The two argued on the phone several times, as Ms. Saldanha accused Ms. Sturgess of quitting her previous job because of her accent. The next day, Ms. Saldanha turned up at the hospital saying that Ms. Sturgess had jumped to her death from the building’s roof. But the court heard that CCTV footage showed Ms. Saldanha arriving with two purses and wearing blue latex gloves, and that she had “covered her body with a green blanket in order to not be found.” She left a black bag containing her keys and personal information near a locked door in the same room.
The bodies of Ms. Sturgess and Mr. King were found at a flat in the borough of Lambeth days later after hospital staff mistakenly rang police and reported that they had been found in a field. Detectives later matched the voices heard on the call to the voices of Ms. Saldanha and Mr. Hampton, a day after she had admitted in a recorded interview that the voices were her. The court heard that the couple met through an advertisement in the Londoner newspaper in 2008, and were known to be involved in a sexual relationship, and of the fact that Ms. Saldanha was pregnant at the time of the incident.
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