Nora Quoirin inquest verdict overturned and replaced with 'open' ruling

Police continue to stick to their version of events – they believe Nora, 15, climbed out of a window and ran away at a resort outside of Kuala Lumpur

The body of 15-year-old Nora was found in August 2019 (

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A court in Malaysia overturned the “mishap” judgment on the death of Irish teenage girl Nora Quoirin.

The verdict was overturned in the High Court on Wednesday after Nora’s family was appealed.

It has been replaced with an “open” decision – meaning that further police investigations into her death could be conducted reports the Irish Mirror.

Judge Azizul Azmi Adnan said in court: “I believe that in the interests of justice, the judgment of adversity should be overturned and replaced with an open judgment as there was no credible evidence of a different judgment.”

The parents of Nora Quoirin, Meabh and Sebastian


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The body of 15-year-old Nora was found in August 2019, nine days after she disappeared from a resort outside of Kuala Lumpur.

While police insisted there was no foul play, Nora’s family said she was likely kidnapped.

Earlier this year, coroner Maimoonah Aid said there was no evidence that the teenager was killed by murder or suicide.

But Nora’s parents, who live in London, deny claims that their daughter wandered into the jungle in the middle of the night.

Nora had a condition called holoprosencephaly, in which the brain does not develop normally. She had limited verbal communication and could only write a few words.

That means that she would never have left her chalet alone in the middle of the night, say her parents.

Nora was wearing only underwear when she went missing, but was naked when her body was discovered on an oil palm estate nearly two miles from the resort.

A police officer with a missing person poster on August 9, 2019


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This led to questions about the possibility that Nora may have been sexually abused.

But while taking note of the family’s claim, the coroner said a full autopsy found no such evidence and no evidence of battle marks.

Ms. Aid added that Nora most likely left the resort “on her own” and subsequently got lost in the abandoned palm oil plantation.

A member of a Malaysian rescue team during the search


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During the investigation, Nora’s mother, Meabh, from Belfast, said the police were slow to launch a full search and accused her of failing to take her concerns about possible criminal involvement seriously.

The police continue to stick to their version of events – they believe Nora climbed out of a window and ran away. They don’t believe there was a foul in the game.

Father Sebastien also said he heard mysterious “muffled noises” coming from the chalet the night the school girl disappeared.


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