Nora Anne's inquest: I heard muffled noise in chalet, says father

SEREMBAN (Bernama): The father of French-Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin told the Coroner's Court here that he heard some muffled noise inside the chalet the family had checked into, late into the first night of their stay at The Dusun Resort on Aug 3, 2019.

Sebastien Quoirin, 48, who is a technology sales executive based in London, said, however, he could not describe the noise in detail as he was in a semi-conscious state after falling asleep following 19 hours of travel from London to Malaysia.

"I fell asleep immediately and a few hours (later), after three or four hours of heavy sleep, I was woken up in the early part of the night by some noise outside, which I believe came from a nearby chalet where they seemed to be having a party.

"Later in the night, I heard a muffled noise. I cannot describe what the noise is, because I was in a semi-conscious state,” he said.

Sebastien, who is the 36th witness in the inquest proceedings to determine the cause of Nora Anne's death said this when testifying on the 16th day of the proceedings before Coroner Maimoonah Aid.

The proceedings on Thursday (Nov 12) were held online due to the conditional movement control order (MCO).

Asked by his counsel Louise Azmi if he knew where the noise came from, the father of three said he could feel it was close, however, he could not describe exactly from where, and what the nature of the noise was.

Sebastien said he then woke up at around 7 to 8am the next morning (Aug 4) to check on Nora Anne and her two siblings Innes Julia, 13, and Maurice Arthure, 9, but noticed Nora Anne was not in her bed.

In the three-hour proceedings, Sebastien also said he noticed Nora Anne’s feet were uninjured during the identification process, even though the family was told that his daughter was continuously on the move in the jungle while the search and rescue operation was being conducted.

"I was informed by Nik (ACP Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal, the liaison officer to the family) about a body discovered within two kilometres of the resort and it was very likely it could be Nora. He then asked me to ask for Maebh (Jaseprine Quoirin) and I called and informed her about the discovery.

"Subsequently, a police officer came to the chalet and requested our assistance in identifying the body, and by evening, they escorted us to the hospital and to identify the body.

"We actually did this identification twice to confirm it was Nora, and to give authorisation for the pathologist to perform an autopsy.

"As we did (the identification), we saw Nora’s feet and we noticed that her feet didn’t seem to be particularly damaged, in fact, (they looked) the same, just dirty.

"And as I‘d like to think how it's possible, since the police told us Nora had been on the move for seven days, and they couldn’t find (her). How is it possible, compatible with the state of Nora’s feet,” he said.

He added that the speculation that Nora Anne was able to open the window and climb out herself was not plausible considering his daughter's condition.

The proceedings then continued at 2.30pm for Nora Anne’s siblings Innes and Maurice to testify, as the 37th and 38th witnesses.

However, Coroner Maimoonah ruled that their statements would be recorded in private.

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.

Her body was found nine days later on Aug 13, near a stream in a hilly area, about 2.5km from the resort, following a massive search operation.

A preliminary post-mortem report revealed there were no criminal elements in Nora Anne’s death and that the teenager had died of gastrointestinal bleeding, due to prolonged stress and hunger.

The court proceedings have been adjourned until Nov 18. - Bernama

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