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.
“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.