Fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim had likely sustained his injuries while he was exiting the Emergency Medical Rescue Services vehicle in a hurry as the van was moving in reverse, during the Seafield temple riots last year, the coroner’s court was told today.
Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) forensic expert Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi said Adib’s injuries and the situation on the ground did not indicate any sign of force inflicted on the fireman.
“The victim exited in a hurry and struck the left-hand corner of the EMRS van door.
“This had resulted in him suffering abrasions on the left side of his hip and he broke seven ribs,” he said at the Shah Alam High Court where he was testifying in the inquest into Adib’s death.
Dr Hafizam dismissed the opinion of another expert, Prof Dr Shahrom Abd Wahid, who concluded that Adib was pulled out of the vehicle and crushed between the van’s sliding doors.
He said there were discrepancies in the forensic experiments that were carried out by Dr Shahrom, who is a senior consultant forensic pathologist.
He said based on a re-examination and experiment carried out on April 12, he and HKL Forensic Department chief Dr Mohd Shah Mahmood concurred in disagreeing with the theory presented by Dr Shahrom. – TMI