SHAH ALAM — April 9, 2019: Contrary to testimonies by other experts previously, another forensic and pathology expert is of the view that firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd. Kassim may have been forcibly pulled out from the EMRS van during rioting outside the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple late November.
According to Professor Dr. Shahrom Abd. Wahid, a former senior forensic and pathology expert at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, it was also possible Adib was smashed against the door of the van with brutal force or by more than three men, causing his ribs to fracture.
His opinion is based on the video showing a re-enactment of the incident and the injury pattern on Adib.
“The victim died due to severe injuries to his right and left lungs caused by blunt force trauma. The blunt force trauma was not self-inflicted but was caused by two or more people,” testified Shahrom while replying to lawyer Syazlin Mansor, who is representing the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and the Fire and Rescue Department.
Shahrom said Adib was probably dragged out of the van based on the scrape wound on the back of his body and the front buttons on his uniform that had come off. The injuries also showed that it was not possible for Adib to have got down from the van himself.
“The edge of the EMRS door was forcibly kicked again, causing two bruises on his upper right arm,” explained Shahrom, adding that it was not possible for Adib to have been pinned between the Fire Rescue Tender vehicle and the van as that would have left different injuries.
“If he was pinned, there was a big possibility he would have died there. I’m making this conclusion as to what could have happened to Adib based on the documents, materials and video obtained from lawyer Syazlin,” he said.
Adib, from the Subang Jaya fire and rescue station, was seriously injured during the riot last November 27. He died at the National Heart Institute on December 17.
The inquest before coroner Rofiah Mohamad continues tomorrow. — Bernama