SHAH ALAM — May 17, 2019: A forensic expert expressed his sorrow and displeasure for being humiliated in court and being asked something for which he was not qualified for.
Kuala Lumpur Hospital forensic pathologist Dr. Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi made clear his only intention is to assist the court in measuring the force of impact in relation to injuries sustained by firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd. Kassim.
“I have always emphasised that I am not a physicist…. I might have misunderstood (about the request to calculate the impact force). When asked by the lawyer, I thought I had explained to the coroner.
“This is not a trial and I should not have been humiliated over the calculation,” he said.
Earlier, Hafizam had a heated argument with counsel Syazlin Mansor for the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia and the Housing and Local Government Ministry when Syazlin claimed that his explanation on the force of impact calculation was confusing.
When Syazlin suggested that he was confusing the court further, Hafizam disagreed.
Hafizam also said the bruises on Adib’s abdomen were not due to impact pressure but was likely to have occurred when Adib was treated at the National Heart Institute.
“In this case, the victim died after 21 days of receiving treatment and within the course of the treatment there were certain movements such as being moved to the left or right when he was unconscious. Based on the post-mortem, the bruises were not due to the victim being pulled,” he said.
The witness also disagreed with the theory that Adib was pulled by the left elbow or by the shirt, based on several factors such as the the van he was in was moving in a dangerous situation, that Adib was fit and also based on clinical examinations and the post-mortem.
Adib was seriously injured during the rioting outside the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple last November 27 and died on December 17. — Bernama