A Malaysian coroner began an inquest yesterday into the death of Nóra Quoirin – a year after her naked body was found near a nature resort where she mysteriously vanished while on holiday.
Nóra’s disappearance from her family’s cottage at the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state on August 4 last year – a day after her family arrived for their holiday – sparked a massive search operation.
The 15-year-old’s body was found on August 13 beside a stream in a palm oil estate about 2.5km from the resort.
Coroner Maimoonah Aid said the inquest is aimed at determining when Nóra died, the cause of her death, how she came to her death, and if anyone was criminally involved.
Negeri Sembilan police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop, the first witness, said the investigation showed no criminal element. He said there was no indication the teen was abducted and no ransom demand.
Police believe Nóra climbed out of a window on her own, and the post-mortem showed she succumbed to intestinal bleeding due to starvation and stress, he said.
Her Irish mother and French father, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, say Nóra was kidnapped because she had mental and physical disabilities and could not have wandered off on her own.
Resort owner Haanim Bamadhaj, who gave evidence via video conference, said Nora’s parents had told her the teenager only had on her underwear when she went missing and that she would hide when she was frightened. Recalling the night, Ms Haanim, whose house faces the Quorins’ cottage, said it was peaceful and that her dog, who would bark if there were outsiders, was also quiet.
She acknowledged a window of the cottage that was found ajar the morning Nóra disappeared was faulty and could be opened from the outside. But she said there had never been any criminal break-ins in her property since it opened for business 11 years ago.
A recording of the girl’s mother calling “Nóra darling, Nóra, Nóra, mummy here” that was used during the search was played to the court.
The coroner earlier this month visited the resort and the place where the body was found. The inquest, which is set to run until September 4, is to involve 64 witnesses.
The Quoirin family lawyer, Sakhty Vell, said Nóra’s parents could not attend the inquest due to the coronavirus pandemic but will give evidence via video conference.
Source: Irish News