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Stranger approached Nóra Quoirin at airport on day before disappearance from family's Malaysian holiday villa, inquest hears

Meabh Quoirin with her daughter Nóra. Family Handout/PA Wire

THE day before Nóra Quoirin went missing from her family's holiday villa in Malaysia she was approached by a stranger at Kuala Lumpur international airport, an inquest heard.

The 15-year-old's naked body was discovered after a 10-day police search.

An inquest heard her dad Sebastien had left Nóra and her two younger siblings unaccompanied for less than five minutes while he met their mum, Meabh, who had flown in separately from Singapore after a business trip.

He arrived with the children on August 3 after flying from London and a police officer told the inquest Mr Quoirin moved just 30 steps away to meet her at the arrival gate, leaving Nóra and her siblings, aged 12 and eight, alone "for less than five minutes".

The three siblings standing alone were approached by an unknown male, but the children ignored his approaches having been warned "not to speak to strangers".

Assistant Superintendent Chong Mee Chyi said after Nóra went missing a family friend received anonymous WhatsApp messages, saying they had been followed from the airport and Nóra was still alive.

Police seized CCTV footage from the airport to check to see if there had been any "criminal element".

A camera "showed an unidentified individual walking up to the children spending a couple of seconds with them", she said.

"We investigated and the children told us the man whom they did not know said 'hello' and wanted to know where they were from.

"He left after the children ignored him, as they were constantly trained not to entertain strangers."

The encounter lasted less than 30 seconds.

Detectives believe Nóra left of her own accord, through a window with a faulty lock, and wandered off.

Nóra's parents are watching proceedings online as they were unable to travel because of Covid-19 restrictions.

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