PETALING JAYA: The parents of Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin who died during a family holiday in Negeri Sembilan earlier this year have called for an inquest into her disappearance and death, maintaining their belief that a “criminal element” was involved.
Nora Anne, who was reported missing on Aug 4, was found dead in a ravine about 2.5km from the resort where her family had been staying after a 10-day search.
A post-mortem revealed that she had died of gastrointestinal bleeding, likely due to hunger and stress. Authorities said no foul play was involved.
However, Nora Anne’s father, Sebastien Quoirin, told Irish paper Independence that the results did not explain how his daughter, who had learning disabilities, could have ended up naked in the ravine.
Her mother, Meabh Quoirin, also said that Nora Anne was “very shy” and “would not venture beyond the family’s front door on her own, let alone wander off into a jungle”.
“We are determined to have this inquest,” Sebastien was quoted as saying.
“We’re hopeful that the French, the Irish and British governments will support us. I think it’s a basic human right and democratic duty to find some truth and justice to what happened.”
“For us, something very complex happened,” Meabh added.
“We have insisted from the beginning that we believe there was a criminal element to what happened. And crucially we’re struggling because it was difficult to get resources in place fast enough to investigate a criminal angle.”
The family’s lawyer in Malaysia, SN Nair, previously said that a copy of the post-mortem report would be sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for him to decide whether there is a need for an inquest.