Expert: No way to pinpoint object that injured Adib

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  • Thursday, 16 May 2019

Expert explanation: Dr Ahmad Hafizam (centre) examining an EMRS van similar to the one at the scene of the riot, at the grounds of the Shah Alam Sessions Court. — Bernama

SHAH ALAM: Forensic expert Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi told the inquest into the death of Muham­mad Adib Mohd Kassim that there is no way to pinpoint the exact object that injured the fireman.

This, said Dr Ahmad Hafizam, was due to the lack of eyewitnesses in the incident which happened on Nov 27 last year near the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple where a riot was taking place.

Dr Ahmad Hafizam said that he mentioned road shoulder as being one of the possible objects that came into contact with Muhammad Adib, as the 24-year-old fireman’s injuries were likely caused by hitting a blunt, hard and wide object that also has a rough surface.

Dr Ahmad Hafizam said this under questioning by lawyer Mohd Kamaruzaman A. Wahab who is representing Muhammad Adib’s family at the inquest.

Responding to Mohd Kama­ruzaman’s question on what was the specific object that came into contact with Muhammad Adib, Dr Ahmad Hafizam said that he could not name a specific object, as there were no eyewitnesses to give clues as to what the object was.

“As for the specific object, I could not say as we have no eyewitness who saw the incident unfold.

“We are working ‘blind’ as no eyewitness has come forward to give clues (to what transpired that day),” he said, adding that this was why he made his conclusion on what happened to Muhammad Adib based on the autopsy that he conducted and the clinical forensic examination that was conducted when the fireman was under treatment at the National Heart Institute (IJN). Mohd Kamaruzaman then pressed further by asking, “so you can’t tell the court the exact object that came into contact with Muhammad Adib?”.

“As I have explained to the court, I am giving my answers based on the autopsy and the report from the clinical forensic examination.

“To pinpoint the exact object, I would have had to be at the scene when Muhammad Adib was injured,” answered Dr Ahmad Hafizam.

Earlier during the day, the court headed to the grounds of the Shah Alam Sessions Court to inspect an EMRS van – which was of the same make as the one Muhammad Adib was in during the incident – and to watch a demonstration of the speed in which the EMRS van could have been travelling at during the incident.

Dr Ahmad Hafizam was also on hand to explain the possible machinations in which Muhammad Adib could have sustained his fatal injuries.

Judge Rofiah Mohamad sits as coroner for the inquest, held at the Shah Alam Sessions Court.

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 IJN for further treatment, where he later died on Dec 17, at 9.41pm.

The inquest continues today.

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