Decision on Nora Anne's inquest either on Dec 31 or Jan 4, says coroner


SEREMBAN (Bernama): The decision on the inquest on Irish-French Nora Anne Quoirin will be known either this Dec 31 or Jan 4 next year, says Coroner Maimoonah Aid on the last day of the inquest proceedings.

She said the testimony of witnesses and evidence presented during the proceedings since Aug 24, involving a total of 47 witnesses, who included the girl’s parents - Meabh Jaseprine Quoirin and Sebastien Quoirin - were sufficient.

"At the beginning of the inquest, I was given a rather long list for the inquest witnesses and we have shortened it throughout the proceedings itself.

"As we know, this is not a criminal proceeding... this is an inquest to identify the cause of death of the deceased. So for me, as far as the witnesses who were called to testify and the evidence presented, (it) is enough for me to make a verdict,” she said on Thursday (Dec 10).

Maimoonah said although the inquest did not require stakeholders - the inquest operator, The Dusun Resort and Nora Anne's family - to file written submissions, they could do so, and should be submitted no later than Dec 24.

The proceedings into the death of Nora Anne at the Coroner's Court, Seremban Court Complex, were also broadcast live online through the official portal of the Malaysian Judiciary and the official YouTube and Facebook "The Malaysian Judiciary". It was conducted in English and Bahasa Malaysia.

A total of 64 witnesses were listed to testify to assist in the investigations.

Earlier during the proceedings, the 47th witness, investigating officer Inspector Wan Faridah Mustanin from the Nilai district police headquarters told the Coroner’s Court that the investigations conducted from Aug 4 to 14,2019 found no criminal elements that could be linked to Nora Anne’s death.

Wan Faridah, 30, the last witness in the proceedings which entered its 24th day Thursday (Dec 10), also told the court that during the investigations, she was informed by Nora Anne's mother, Meabh, that her daughter could have been confused as they were in a new place.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Sazali Omar acted as the inquest officer in the proceedings.

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

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

The preliminary post-mortem report stated that the death of the teenager with disabilities had no criminal element, and she died from gastrointestinal bleeding due to prolonged hunger and stress. - Bernama

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