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Malaysian coroner ends inquest into death of French-Irish teen Nora Quoirin, verdict due in weeks

Malaysian coroner ends inquest into death of French-Irish teen Nora Quoirin, verdict due in weeks

In August, Malaysian authorities opened an inquest into the death last year of Franco-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin. (File photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

KUALA LUMPUR: A virtual inquest into the death of French-Irish teen Nora Anne Quoirin, whose body was found near a Malaysian jungle resort where she vanished while on holiday, ended on Thursday (Dec 10), with a verdict due within a month.

Malaysian coroner Maimoonah Aid has tentatively fixed Dec 31 or Jan 4 to make a ruling. Since August, a total of 49 witnesses have testified over 24 days via video conferencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quoirin disappeared from her family’s cottage at the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state on Aug 4, 2019, a day after they arrived for a vacation.

After a massive search, her naked body was found on Aug 13, 2019, beside a stream on a palm oil estate about 2.5km from the resort.

READ: Father heard noises before French-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin vanished in Malaysia, inquest hears

Quoirin was only wearing her underwear when she went missing, but her body was found naked. It was unclear what happened to her underwear, but police told the inquest that the autopsy showed no sign she was sexually assaulted. Police also ruled out any criminal activity and said there was no indication Quoirin had been abducted.

Police believe she climbed out of a window on her own. But Quoirin's parents said she was likely kidnapped because she had mental and physical disabilities and wouldn’t have wandered off on her own.

A British pathologist who performed a second autopsy on Quoirin's body in the United Kingdom testified that he agreed with the Malaysian findings that she died of intestinal bleeding due to starvation and stress. However, he said he couldn’t fully rule out sexual assault due to severe body decomposition.

The Quoirin family has sued the resort owner for alleged negligence. They said in their lawsuit that there was no security at the resort and that the window had a broken latch and was found ajar the morning Nora disappeared.

Source: AP/kg


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