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An inquest into the death of a London teenager found dead while on holiday in Malaysia is scheduled to begin next month.

Nóra Quoirin, 15, whose mother is from Belfast, disappeared from her room at the Dusun resort on 4 August last year.

Her body was found 10 days later about 1.6 miles (2.5km) away.

In January her Irish-French parents, Meabh and Sebastian, expressed shock at the case being closed and called for an inquest.

Nóra was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development.

Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin
Image copyright royal MALAYSIAN POLICE Image caption each and Sebastien Quorn, pictured during the search for Nóra, say they do not believe she would have wandered off alone


The inquest is set to begin on 24 August, a family statement said, and is expected to last for two weeks. Nóra Quoirin

The statement said: “We have fought very hard to keep Nora’s case alive, after it was initially closed by the police in early 2020, and it has been our wish all along to have an inquest.

“This will be crucial in determining the fullest possible picture of what happened to Nora and how her case was dealt with.”

Much of the proceedings are expected to take place using video conferencing software.

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Parents ‘shocked’ by decision to close caseIn January, her parents said they were “shocked” by a decision by the Malaysian Attorney General’s Chambers to close the case, “not least because it is based on a preliminary report from the coroner’s office”.”As a vulnerable child, with significant physical and mental challenges, we strongly refute any conclusion that Nóra was alone for the entire duration of her disappearance,” her parents previously said.Nora, her parents and her younger brother and sister arrived at the resort in a nature reserve near Seremban, about 39 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, on 3 August for a two-week stay.The head teacher at Nora’s school in Wandsworth, south-west London, paid tribute to her as “a delight to work with”.