SHAH ALAM — May 16, 2019: A lawyer today questioned the probability report from a medical specialist which mentioned that injuries to the right chest of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd. Kassim were caused by a curb or road shoulder.
Syazlin Mansor, representing the Fire and Rescue Department and the Housing and Local Government Ministry, even went to the extent of claiming that Kuala Lumpur Hospital forensic pathologist Dr. Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi had included a picture of the road shoulder in the report to confuse the court when it was not necessary to do so.
But Hafizam retorted that the road shoulder was one of five objects that could have caused the injuries as these were likely caused by hitting a blunt, hard, and wide object with a rough surface. He pointed out that the road shoulder was already there when a team carried out an experiment of the incident.
The doctor had said earlier that the road shoulder could probably be the most likely cause of injuries to Adib’s right chest and right arm based on the five criteria.
He also pointed out that the firefighter was thrown out after the front left door of an emergency rescue van hit Adib’s body.
To another question from the lawyer, Hafizam maintained that he did not conduct experiments blindly when doing his job as a forensics expert.
“But in this case we are not 100 per cent sure it was the road shoulder that caused injuries to the right shoulder and right arm of the victim. There are 1,001 possibilities regarding the position of the fall.
“If I had carried out the experiment blindly, it would be a waste of time,” he said.
The inquest before coroner Rofiah Mohamad continues tomorrow. — Bernama