The owner of a Malaysian holiday resort where a British girl disappeared from and was later found dead has told the inquest it “would not be impossible” for an intruder to gain access.
Helen Todd’s family runs the Dusun Resort where Nóra Quoirin vanished in August 2019.
The 15-year-old’s body was found in the jungle two miles away nine days later.
Mrs. Todd told how part of the resort’s boundary fence had fallen down but it was “highly unusual” to have intruders.
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Recounting the morning of 4 August, when Nóra’s parents discovered she was missing, Mrs. Todd said her staff searched the eco-resort near Seremban, about 40 miles from Kuala Lumpur, before police arrived. Nóra, from Balham, south-west London, was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder that affects brain development. Louise Azmi, a lawyer for the Quoirin family, quizzed the resort’s owner about security, particularly the front and back gates. Mrs. Todd told the hearing “you could walk around fence posts” at the back gate but not drive through it. Last week, Nóra’s former headteacher told the inquest in Malaysia she “wouldn’t have the confidence to walk off on her own”, because she had “balance issues” and it would be “unimaginable” for her to climb fences. Ms. Azmi then asked: “It would not have been possible for her to come out of that gate and make her own way to the palm-oil plantation? Would you agree with that?”Mrs. Todd replied: “I can’t make a comment about that,” but said she walked the route “quite often”.Of the front gate, Mrs. Todd said it was remote-controlled and was always locked by the staff “when they left work to go home”.Todd said it was remote-controlled and was always locked.