Adib Inquest: Probe into Adib’s Injuries Should Have Begun from Day One

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The inquest into the death of Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim was today told that a clinical forensic pathologist should have been called in to examine and determine the cause of the injuries sustained by the fireman, before he died.

United Kingdom-based senior forensic and pathology expert Dr Shahrom Abd Wahid said the authorities should not have waited until Adib died and for the post-mortem to be carried out.

“It is not just about the post-mortem. From the beginning, an investigation should have been carried out after the incident occurred.

“A clinical forensic pathologist should have been called in.

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“When we investigate, we should not be waiting for people to die and then only spring into action,” he told the said in the coroner’s court today.

A clinical forensic pathologist examines living patients, usually in cases where sexual assault or abuse is suspected.

If investigations had begun much earlier, Shahrom said the forensics team would have gone to the scene to identify and consider the objects that could have potentially caused Adib’s injuries.

“Usually, we will tell the investigating officer what to look for. In Adib’s case, it would have been the car or other objects in the vicinity.

“If we don’t tell him (the IO), he will not know what to find,” he said.

To a question by senior federal counsel Suzana Atan as to whether calling a clinical forensic pathologist was a standard operating procedure (SOP) or out of one’s own initiative, Shahrom said the SOP required them to carry out investigations comprehensively.

“The meaning of comprehensive is that even if it is not perfect, it must be complete.

“When I do something, I want it to be complete. If I am following the SOP, the investigations must be complete,” he said.

Suzana is representing the housing and local government ministry and the Fire and Rescue Department.

Also assisting the coroner’s court is deputy public prosecutor Faten Hadni Khairuddin.

The inquest before coroner Rofiah Mohamad continues tomorrow at 9am where she is expected to give her ruling on whether an independent pathologist needs to be called to the stand.


Earlier reports:

July 3, Adib Inquest: Independent Expert Claims HKL Forensics Specialist Used Wrong Methodology

May 18, Adib Inquest: Court to Seek Engineer’s Opinion on Force That Hit Adib

May 16, Adib Inquest: 1,001 Possibilities How Adib Could Have Fallen and Hit Curb

May 16, Adib Inquest: Expert Unable to Pinpoint Cause of Adib’s Injuries

May 15, Adib Inquest: Forensic Expert Demonstrates How Adib Could Have Been Hit by EMRS Van

May 10, Adib Inquest: Recalled Expert Witness Rebuts Theory Adib Was Pulled Out of Van

Apr 30, Adib Inquest: HKL Doctor to Testify Again

Apr 25, Adib Inquest: Specialist Denies Threatening Other Witnesses, Lodges Police Report

Apr 23, Adib Inquest: Forensic Experts Lodge Police Reports over Alleged Threats, Witness Tampering

Apr 22, Adib Inquest: Conducting Officer, Lawyer Clash on Recalling Forensics Expert to Testify

Apr 18, Adib Inquest: Dummy Test Shows Adib Could Have Been Hit by Van Door

Apr 10, Adib Inquest: Witness Says Possible to Drag Adib out of EMRS Van

Mar 30, Adib Inquest: Assumption Adib Assaulted Dismissed After Autopsy

Mar 29, Adib Inquest: Broken Ribs Only Discovered During Autopsy

Mar 28, Adib Inquest: Impossible for Adib to Have Been Dragged Out of Van