SHAH ALAM — March 29, 2019: The initial assumption that injuries sustained by the late fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd. Kassim was due to assault was dismissed after the post-mortem by the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (KLH) Forensic Department last December 18.
The hospital’s Forensic Medicine head Datuk Dr. Mohd. Shah Mahmood told the inquest that initially they were told by the police to conduct a clinical examination on Adib while he was being treated at the National Heart Institute (IJN).
At that point they assumed the injuries inflicted on Adib during rioting outside the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple on November 27 were caused by an assault, like being beaten, kicked and punched.
“But after the post-mortem we were not convinced the injury pattern was the result of an assault. Luckily we were called early because we were able to differentiate the early and later injuries,” he said.
“During the post-mortem, we were baffled as the seven broken ribs were not seen during the initial clinical check-up on Adib and as to why no prior information was given regarding the injury.
“After the post-mortem, we still could not help the police determine the cause of the injuries. In this regard, the initial view that the victim had been attacked was dismissed by us,” he said.
According to Mohd. Shah, his team only knew what might have happened to Adib after visiting the scene of the incident.
Adib, from the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Station, died on December 17 while being treated at the IJN.
The inquest before coroner Rofiah Mohamad continues on Monday. — Bernama