SHAH ALAM — April 19, 2019: A medical expert related today how three major issues which were contradictory in the post-mortem report on the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd. Kassim after the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple last November confused him.
The three issues were: whether Adib got out of his van by himself; was dragged out by someone else; or if the injuries he suffered were caused by being pinned between two hard surfaces.
“In the autopsy report, the expert (from Hospital Kuala Lumpur) who conducted the post-mortem stated that he was not sure,” former senior forensic and pathology expert at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, Professor Dr. Shahrom Abd. Wahid, said to a question from lawyer Syazlin Mansor, representing the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and the Fire and Rescue Department.
Shahrom was also confused by the testimony of the expert witness that Adib had gotten down before he was hit by the van’s door and flung to the road shoulder.
This contradicts the autopsy report summary produced by the same expert who could not determine if Adib had got down from the van himself or was dragged out by others.
Shahrom considered as incorrect the hypothesis that Adib had got down by himself and was then hit by the van’s door while it was reversing and thus should be examined.
Based on the controlled experiment which he conducted, Shahrom concluded that it was almost improbable to say that the accident could have broken any of Adib’s ribs.
“The hypothesis states that Adib got down from the van by himself and was hit by the front door when the van reversed, then flung to the front and landed on the road shoulder.
“I find that the hypothesis was not tested.”
Shahrom said there was also a big possibility that Adib was attacked by rioters from behind or near the van.