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Monday, November 30, 2020

British pathologist doesn’t rule out sexual assault on Nora Anne


British tourist Nora Anne Quorin was found dead 10 days after disappearing from a resort in Negeri Sembilan in August 2019. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: A British pathologist has told an inquest into the death of tourist Nora Anne Quorin that he could not rule out the possibility of sexual assualt of the teenager, who was found dead after going missing from a resort in Negeri Sembilan.

Nathaniel Cary said he could not rule out the possibility as her body had suffered severe decomposition, according to a report by the UK satellite chanel Sky News.

Cary told the inquest that while he agreed with the findings by Malaysian officials that Nora Anne died of intestinal bleeding due to starvation and stress, he could not exclude that she was sexually assaulted even though there was no positive evidence.

The poor condition of the body made it hard to determine if there were semen traces or the DNA of strangers.

“I think we can exclude very serious trauma to the genitalia … but I won’t be able to exclude minimal trauma because of the decomposition obscuring things,” he was quoted as saying.

“The difficulty here is because of the decomposition, the forensic evidence would be disadvantaged to an extent.”

Nora Anne, 15, who suffered from learning difficulties, went missing in August 2019 from a rainforest resort in Seremban a day after her family arrived on holiday.

Her naked body was found 10 days later near a jungle stream in a deep ravine near the resort. Her mother, Meabh Quoirin, said she may have been abducted but police ruled out abduction, saying they had found no sign of foul play.

Cary said that the autopsy on the girl’s body had been thorough, but the decomposition made it difficult to ascertain the circumstances of the teenager’s death.

He agreed that he could not dismiss the possibility that Nora Anne’s body may have been placed there after her death as rescuers had previously searched the specific location.

He also agreed that there was no evidence she had suffered any major falls in the rough terrain despite her physical disabilities.

However, Cary said “the multiple cuts and scratches on the teenager’s body indicated she had moved through dense undergrowth”, the Sky report said. - FMT

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