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No foreign DNA found on Nora Anne’s body, inquest told

This is based on an examination of three exhibits provided by the authorities.

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The Seremban Coroner’s Court today heard that no foreign DNA was found on the body of French-Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin, including her private parts.

Nor Aidora Saedon, director of the chemistry department’s DNA forensic division, said this was based on an examination of the exhibits provided by the authorities.

Nor Aidora, the sixth witness in the inquest proceedings, said the first exhibit was the swab test taken from a member of Nora Anne’s family, the second was from Nora Anne’s body and the third comprised samples taken at the scene.

“My job is to analyse the exhibits from the crime scene and to my knowledge, the first report, 19FRB18998, was from the first exhibit sent in, when Nora Anne was yet found,” she said.

“Therefore, you will see some swabs and exhibits from which I was able to get a profile and labelled as ‘Individual One’.

“The third report, 19FRB99139, was from when Nora Anne’s body was found and we could ascertain the individual in the report as Nora Anne. Based on exhibits as well my analysis, we could not find any foreign DNA on Nora Anne’s body,” she said.

She said this during her testimony before coroner Maimoonah Aid. When asked to clarify her statement that no foreign DNA was found, she said this meant any DNA found on the teenager’s body from swabs, fingernails or hair that did not belong to Nora Anne.

The inquest proceedings will continue until Sept 4 with 64 witnesses called to testify.

Nora Anne, 15, went missing on Aug 4 last year, a day after she and her family arrived in Malaysia for a two-week holiday at a resort in Pantai, about 60km south of Kuala Lumpur.

Her body was found nine days later on Aug 13, near a stream in a hilly area about 2.5km from the resort.

A preliminary post-mortem report revealed no criminal elements in Nora Anne’s death, stating her cause of death as gastrointestinal bleeding due to prolonged stress and hunger.

The inquest continues tomorrow.

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