Adib's death caused by two or more persons unknown, inquest finds

SHAH ALAM: Fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim's death has been ruled as death that was caused by two or more persons unknown, the Coroner's Court ruled on Friday (Sept 27).

Coroner judge Rofiah Mohamad read her judgement after 41 days of inquest proceeding.

"The blunt chest trauma (on Adib) is not caused by himself (perbuatan sendiri) or (an) accident but a criminal act by two or more persons unknown," said the coroner.

The verdicts that could have been reached by the Coroner's Court were an open verdict, a verdict of misadventure, or death by persons or persons unknown.

The handling officer for the inquest was Faten Hadni Khairuddin, while the Housing and Local Government Ministry and the Fire and Rescue Department were represented by senior federal counsels Suzana Atan, Mazlifah Ayob, Fadzilatul Isma Ahmad Rafngah, and federal counsel Afiq Zainal Abidin.

Among those representing Adib's family were lawyers Syazlin Mansor and Mohd Kamaruzaman A. Wahab.

Also present in court were Adib's family members, including his brother Mohd Ashraf and his fiancee Nurul Najihah Mohd Radzi.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, Subang Jaya Fire Station chief Syed Shahril Anuar Syed Sulaiman and Adib's fellow firemen from the station were also present.

The inquest – which sought to determine the events leading to Adib receiving fatal injuries on the early morning of Nov 27,2018 – saw 30 witnesses being called to give their statements.

Adib, 24, became critically injured 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 later died on Dec 17, at 9.41pm.

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