Witness confused over contradictions
Published on: Saturday, April 20, 2019
By: Bernama

SHAH ALAM: An expert witness told the Coroner’s Court that he was confused by contradictions in the post-mortem report of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

Former senior forensic and pathology expert at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, Prof Dr Shahrom Abd Wahid, 62, said his confusion on the summary of the autopsy report by a Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) expert was based on three major issues.

The 29th witness said he was confused whether Adib got out of the Emergency Medical Rescue Service (EMRS) van by himself; was dragged out by someone else; or if the injuries Adib suffered were caused by being pinned between two hard surfaces.

“(In the autopsy) report, the expert (from HKL who conducted the post-mortem), stated that he was not sure,” Dr Shahrom said when answering a question by lawyer Syazlin Mansor, who is representing the Ministry of Housing and Local Government as well as the Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM), on the 29th day of the inquest here Friday.

Dr Shahrom said he was also confused by the testimony (of the expert witness) that Adib had gotten down before he was hit by the EMRS van’s door and flung to the road shoulder.

He said this contradicted the autopsy report summary produced by the same forensic expert who could not determine whether the firefighter got down from  the EMRS van on his own or was dragged out by others.

The witness said the hypothesis that Adib got down from the vehicle by himself and was then hit by the van’s door while it was reversing was not true and should be examined.

He said that based on the controlled experiment which he conducted, it was almost improbable to say that the accident could have broken any of the firefighter’s rib bones.

“The hypothesis states that the victim (Adib) got down from the EMRS van by himself and was hit by the front door when the van reversed...then flung to the front and landed on the road shoulder.

“I find that the hypothesis was not tested,” he said.

Dr Shahrom also said that there was a big possibility that Adib was attacked by rioters from behind or near the EMRS van in the early hours of Nov 27 last year.

He said that based on exhibit 138, a video recording of two fire trucks reversing, a group of rioters could be seen approaching from the front of the Fire Rescue Tender (FRT) vehicle that was in front of the EMRS van. – Bernama


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