Nora Quoirin’s parents ‘extremely disappointed’ over inquest ruling on her death

Nora Quoirin’s family are “extremely disappointed” with the ruling at the inquest into the teenager’s death.

A coroner ruled that the mystery death of vulnerable British teenager Nora, who went missing in a Malaysia jungle, did not involve a third party.

At the inquest, Nora’s family was represented by lawyers S. Sakthyvell.

“The parents who followed the live-stream of proceedings were extremely disappointed with the ruling,” Sakthyvell said after the hearings.

“We spoke soon after the live stream ended and they were advised on options available.

“They are expected to further speak to the media in London.”

The 15-year-old disappeared from a rented cottage at the Dusun eco-resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state, Malaysia, on August 4, 2019.

The family, from Balham, southwest London, had only arrived on holiday the day before.

Nora’s body was found on August 13 beside a stream on a palm oil estate about 1.6 miles from the resort.

Malaysian coroner Maimoonah Aid said on Monday: “After hearing all the relevant evidence, I have ruled that there was no one involved in the death of Nora Anne.

“On the balance of probabilities I find she died by misadventure, that she had gone out of the Sora House on her own and subsequently got lost in the abandoned palm oil plantation.”

Nora’s family said: “Once again we see that justice struggles to support the most vulnerable in society – only engaging with special needs at a surface level – and not at the level that truly reflects children like Nora.”

The verdict means Nora’s death was ruled accidental rather than criminal.

Her family added: “We believe we have fought not just for Nora but in honour of all the special needs children in this world who deserve our most committed support and the most careful application of justice.

“This is Nora’s unique legacy and we will never let it go.”

Police previously told the inquest that there was no evidence of criminal activity.

They suggested the tragic teenager had clambered out of a window with a broken latch in her room and wandered off before dying of starvation and internal bleeding.

But Nora’s Irish and French mother and father, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, said she must have been abducted as she had difficulty walking and “never goes anywhere by herself”.

Nora was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development leaving Nora with learning disabilities and struggling with balance and coordination.