Irish teen’s family wants cops to consider criminal angle too

SN Nair, the lawyer for the Quoirin family has denied saying they will not demand a criminal investigation into Nora’s death.

PETALING JAYA: The family of Nora Anne Quoirin, who was found dead beside a jungle stream near Seremban yesterday, wants the police to investigate all angles into the cause of the Franco-Irish teenager’s death, including possible criminal elements, according to their lawyer.

This contradicts an earlier news report quoting SN Nair as saying the Quoirin family would not demand a criminal investigation into Nora’s death and that it would leave it to the police to decide on the next course of action.

“I never said it that way,” Nair told FMT.

“What I said is that generally families don’t press for investigations because the police are expected to carry out investigations that touch on all angles, including criminal angles.

“Normally parents cannot press (for investigations),” he added. “They can ask for it. The question posed to me was, ‘Are they going to press for a criminal investigation?’

“(I said) you don’t want to tell the police what to do. It’s impolite for the family to demand anything.”

Reuters had earlier quoted Nair as saying the family won’t press for anything, “because in this country, even in most countries, it has to be done by the police rather than you pressing for anything”.

The family had earlier said it had considered a possible criminal element in Nora’s disappearance, adding she had special needs and had never before left her family voluntarily.

Nair also denied saying he would personally push for an inquest into Nora’s death if her postmortem provided evidence to support this, as reported by the Malay Mail.

“Again, they all got it wrong,” he said.

“I said in the event that the police investigations cannot determine the cause of death, then the attorney-general may have to hold an inquest.

“An inquest is normally held when the cause of death cannot be determined by the police after its investigation.”

Nair, meanwhile, said he was in the dark about talk that the outcome of Nora’s post-mortem would be made available before 3pm today, as reported by some media.

“It can take many hours,” he said. “Some autopsies take seven or eight hours. So I can’t confirm this.”

Nora’s nude body was found at 1.57pm yesterday near a stream about 2.5km from the Dusun Resort in Nilai, where the family checked in on Aug 3.

She was missing for 10 days. Several hundred personnel, including members of the elite police VAT 69 commandos, seasoned hikers and Orang Asli were involved in the search and rescue efforts.

Nora’s parents identified her body at Hospital Tuanku Jaafar in Seremban last night.

A post-mortem is currently being carried out at the hospital by a senior pathologist from Kuala Lumpur.