Misadventure verdict reached in Nora Anne’s death

SEREMBAN: The Coroner's Court here has returned a verdict of misadventure in the inquest into the death of teenager Nora Anne Quoirin.

Coroner Maimoonah Aid said based on the evidence before her, there was no third party involved in the death of the 15-year-old French-Irish teenager.

"It is more probable than not that she died by misadventure, i.e. that she had gone out of the Sora House (where the family stayed) on her own and subsequently got lost in the abandoned oil palm plantation," she said in her verdict.

The Coroner said it was not right for her to speculate or presume the involvement of a third party without any proven facts.

"That would be a breach of my duty," she said.

Maimoonah in her judgment also said there was no evidence to support claims that Nora Anne died a natural death, had committed suicide or was a victim of homicide.

A total of 48 witnesses, including the teenager's parents, Meabh Jaseprine Quoirin and Sebastien Quoirin, testified during the inquest proceeding which began on Aug 24.

It was also broadcast live online through the official portal of the Malaysian Judiciary and the official YouTube and Facebook social media,"The Malaysian Judiciary" and was conducted in English and Bahasa Malaysia.

The last day of the inquest was on Dec 10.

Nora Anne, who suffered from learning difficulties, disappeared from a resort in Pantai Hill near here on Aug 3,2019, a day after her family arrived for their holiday.

Her unclothed body was found 10 days later next to a stream in a deep ravine near the resort, where the family was staying.

Police had ruled out foul play in her death.

An autopsy on her remains revealed that she had died from internal bleeding, probably caused by prolonged hunger and stress.

She had also suffered intestinal damage, and died two or three days before her body was found.

However, her family believed there was a criminal element to her disappearance as she was a special needs child and they claimed she had never before left them voluntarily.

The inquest coordinating team was led by Ahmad Sazali Omar while the family was represented by a team led by S. Sakthyvell.

Datuk Gurdial Singh and Alliff Benjamin Omar kept a watching brief for the owners of the resort.

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