SHAH ALAM: It was “impossible” that fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s injuries were caused by a parang (machete), says a forensics expert.
Hospital Kuala Lumpur forensics expert Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi (pic), who is the 24th witness in the inquest, said a motion where the back of a parang was swung towards Muhammad Adib would not have caused such injuries.
This is because such a motion would have only fractured one rib, he said, whereas Muhammad Adib was found to have seven broken ribs.
“The possibility of sustaining back injuries where seven ribs were fractured following an assault by the back of a parang in this case is impossible.
“If the weapon was aimed at the deceased, the only possibility of fracture is the bone that receives the impact,” he said.
Dr Ahmad Hafizam was testifying before Judge Rofiah Mohamad who is sitting as coroner for the inquest at the Shah Alam court on Tuesday (March 26).
He said he believed that Muhammad Adib was hit by something that was thin, hard and upright.
He added that it was likely that the 24-year-old had been hit by the edge of the door of the Emergency Medical Response Service (EMRS) van.
Muhammad Adib was critically injured in the early morning of Nov 27 after he and his team members from the Subang Jaya fire station responded to an emergency call at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple where a riot was taking place.
The fireman was taken to SJMC after he was found injured, before being transferred to the National Heart Institute (IJN) for further treatment, where he died on Dec 17, at 9.41pm.