SHAH ALAM — April 10, 2019: The inquest into the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd. Kassim in the aftermath of rioting outside a Hindu temple last November was told there was a high probability that his seven left broken ribs were not detected while he was being treated.
Former Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (formerly Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) forensic and pathology senior consultant Professor Dr. Shahrom Abd. Wahid said this followed the absence of reports on the matter which was only discovered after a post-mortem on December 18.
Thus, Shahrom was of the opinion that no one examined Adib’s back.
“I feel no one saw the back (of the body) and I also think no one examined the back during treatment.
“I also feel they did not see despite turning over the patient and if they spotted it, maybe they did not report it, or were unsure whether the injuries were relevant or not,” said Shahrom in reply to conducting officer Hamdan Hamzah.
Shahrom confirmed to the inquest that he was not involved directly in the case but was invited by the lawyer for the housing and local government ministry and the fire and rescue department as an expert witness.
Therefore, he said each statement and opinion presented by him was based on source materials, documents and reconstruction supervised by him.
“I did not go to the incident location for the re-enactment or reconstruction but it was conducted at the Subang Jaya and Rawang fire and rescue stations.”
“When the post-mortem was conducted, we found the injuries for the first time, as we were not informed before. His left back rib bones were broken from number one to seven and the injury was unique,” said Mohd. Shah.
Adib, from the Subang Jaya fire and rescue station, sustained serious injuries in the rioting outside the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple on November 27 and died on December 17.
The inquest before coroner Rofiah Mohamad continues tomorrow.