Eight fingerprints lifted from villa occupied by Nora Anne, says inquest witness


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  • Thursday, 03 Sep 2020

SEREMBAN (Bernama): The Coroner's Court here was told that eight fingerprints were lifted by the Photo and Fingerprint Unit of the Nilai district police headquarters (IPD) from the side of a window on the lower floor of the villa occupied by Nora Anne Quoirin on the night of Aug 4, 2019 when she went missing.

ACP Wan Rukman Wan Hassan, 55, who is now the strategic planning officer of the Criminal Investigation Department in Bukit Aman, said a total of 20 fingerprint samples of family members of Dusun Resort manager Haanim Ahmed Bamadhaj, employees and former resort workers, as well as family members of the Franco-Irish teenager, were taken for comparison.

Wan Rukman, who is the 11th witness in the inquest proceedings to determine the actual cause of the teenager’s death, said the samples of the fingerprints were sent to Bukit Aman for analysis and matching.

"The results found four of the eight fingerprints had inadequate features and cannot be matched, while four were in suitable condition and one matched the mother of the missing person,” he said when testifying at the seventh day of the proceedings before Coroner Maimoonah Aid on Thursday (Sept 3).

Wan Rukman, who was then Negri Sembilan Criminal Investigation Department head, said the results of the fingerprint analysis was conveyed to him two days after Nora Anne was reported missing at the villa at Sora House, The Dusun Resort, Pantai here.

To a question from lawyer S. Sakthyvel, representing Nora Anne’s family, on what he meant by inadequate features of the fingerprints, Wan Rukman said only the experts could determine it.

To a question if there was a fingerprint of the missing person out of the eight fingerprints that were lifted, Wan Rukman said the fingerprints could not be matched because the fingerprint sample of the missing person was inadequate.

He also said the fingerprint sample of the girl was obtained with the assistance of Interpol.

To another question by Sakthyvel whether Nora Anne's fingerprint sample was taken when her body was found on Aug 13, 2019, the witness said: "Some were taken for comparison but it was unsuccessful, The fingerprints had shrivelled."

During the proceeding, the court was told that eight other fingerprints were also found at the window frame on the upper floor of the villa, as well as blood stains in the bathroom of the villa.

Nora Anne, 15, went missing on Aug 4, last year, 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.

On Aug 13, 10 days after she went missing, her body was found near a creek in a ravine, about 2.5km from the resort where she and her family stayed, following a massive search.

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

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