Nora Anne inquest: Witness says teen's family urged police to investigate three nearby houses


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  • Tuesday, 25 Aug 2020

SEREMBAN (Bernama): The Coroner's Court was told on Tuesday (Aug 25) that a day after Nora Anne Quoirin disappeared, on August 5,2019, her family had told police that they suspected she was abducted and urged them to inspect three houses, one of which was suspected to be where the teenager was probably held.

Nilai OCPD Supt Mohd Nor Marzukee Besar, the third witness at the inquest proceedings to determine the cause of death of the teenage girl, said all three houses were located outside The Dusun Resort area.

Nora Anne and her family checked in to the resort upon their arrival in Malaysia on Aug 3,2019, for a two-week vacation.

"Nora Anne's family members gave information and expected their missing daughter to be in the surrounding areas.

"I told them that I would fulfil their request and search the three houses.

"I asked the Criminal Investigation Departments of the Negri Sembilan Police Contingent Headquarters and the Nilai district police headquarters (IPD) to search the three houses," he said when testifying at the inquest which entered its second day Tuesday.

When asked by Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad why the inspection was only specific to three houses, Supt Nor Marzukee said the action was as requested by the family.

The search for the teenager did not stop there but was redoubled with the search operation involving two teams around the resort area covering 4.85ha and with continuous roadblocks.

"I was informed by the family that the missing teenager could not walk more than six metres. I thought the search area of 4.85ha was sufficient with the information I had.

"In addition, considering the physical condition and level of thinking of the victim, which was like that of a seven-year-old child, I took the initiative to put up road blocks thinking that she might hitch a ride in a vehicle or motorcycle out of the area.

"And with these restrictions, we could prevent her from leaving the area under the administration of the Nilai IPD," he said.

The court was also told that the search operation for Nora Anne, which was carried out as soon as the teenager was reported missing on Aug 4,2019, involved an area of 250m around the villa area where the victim and her family stayed.

During the proceedings, the court was also shown a sketch of a map of The Dusun Resort area which was shown on a screen using a projector as well as sketches of two roadblocks implemented, which were drawn by Supt Nor Marzukee.

The inquest proceedings would take place for two weeks from yesterday to Aug 28 and resuming from Sept 1 to 4 before Coroner Maimoonah Aid.

A total of 64 witnesses would be called to testify to assist in the investigation.

Nora Anne, 15, went missing on Aug 4,2019, a day after she and her family arrived in Malaysia for a two-week holiday at a resort in Pantai here, about 60km south of Kuala Lumpur.

Her body was found near a creek in a ravine, about 2.5km from the resort where she and her family stayed, on Aug 13,2019, following a massive search.

Preliminary surgical reports stated that the death of the teenager, who was disabled, had no criminal element, and the teenager was confirmed dead from gastrointestinal bleeding due to prolonged hunger and stress. - Bernama

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