High Court overturns Nora Anne inquest ruling

SEREMBAN: The High Court here has overturned misadventure as the cause of death of French-Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin whose remains were found 10 days after she disappeared from a resort here almost two years ago and substituted it with it an open verdict.

High Court judge Azizul Azmi Adnan said although Coroner Maimoonah Aid had discharged her duty with diligence and care, she had erred to have returned a verdict of misadventure.

"A coroner is required to enter one of five verdicts which is an open verdict,

misadventure, natural death, homicide and suicide.

"In order to arrive at any of the last four categories of verdicts, there must be positive findings of facts that support such a verdict.

"Proof is on the balance of probabilities and if the coroner finds that none of the four categories of the verdict has been made out, then he or she must enter an open verdict," he said in his ruling.

Azizul Azmi said after reviewing the material before the court, the verdict of misadventure ought to be vacated in the interest of justice as there was no credible evidence to support any other verdict.

On Jan 4, the Coroner's Court here had returned a verdict of misadventure in the inquest into her death.

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 near the resort, where the family was staying. Police had ruled out foul play in her death.

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.

On Feb 5, her parents filed an application seeking a revision of the verdict.

They then sought to have the ruling revised to an open verdict.

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