SHAH ALAM — April 23, 2019: The court today rejected a prosecution application to recall two expert witnesses in the inquest into the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd. Kassim after coroner Rofiah Mohamad ruled that no further submissions were required relating to their testimonies.
The witnesses involved are Kuala Lumpur Hospital forensic pathologist Dr. Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi and its forensic department head Datuk Dr. Mohd Shah Mahmood.
Rofiah pointed out that the two had also given their explanation to questions raised by the conducting officers, stakeholders and the court.
“If the two witnesses are recalled, it will strengthen their previous findings and we will also have to recall another witness, former senior forensic and pathology consultant at Hospital Cancelor Tuanku Muhriz, Professor Dr. Shahrom Abd. Wahid,” she said.
And Shahrom, she said, may conduct a new experiment to rebut the one conducted by the other two.
“This will continue and there will be no end, while the coroner has the responsibility to resolve the inquest within a reasonable time. I am satisfied with what had already been presented to enable me to arrive at a decision,” she remarked.
Conducting officer Hamdan Hamzah told the court he would file an appeal to the high court. Rofiah then set May 10 for mention of the inquest.
Adib, of the Subang Jaya fire and rescue station, was seriously injured during rioting outside the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple last November 27 and died on December 17. — Bernama