SHAH ALAM: The forensic doctor who conducted a post-mortem on Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim told the inquest into the fireman’s death that he could not ascertain the specific object that caused injuries to Adib’s chest and arm.
Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi of Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) said he could only say in his autopsy report that Adib’s right chest and right arm injuries were caused by a “wide and hard object with a rough surface”.
“I do not know what objects were there that night (Seafield temple riot). I cannot say what that specific object is,” he said when questioned by Adib’s family lawyer Kamaruzaman A Wahab about the chest injury.
Kamaruzaman continued to press the pathologist on his autopsy report which stated that a road curb could also be a cause of the chest injury.
“I did not say it (road curb) conclusively. It could be anything. We should move on from the road curb,” said Hafizam, who remained calm when his post-mortem report was repeatedly challenged.
Pressed by Kamaruzaman about Adib’s injuries below the armfold, Hafizam said he agreed the injuries were unique but stopped short of saying they looked like a triangle, as suggested by the lawyer.
“I conducted the post-mortem on his remains 21 days after the incident. It is not safe to suggest the arm injuries were sustained at the riot,” he added.
Kamaruzaman asked Hafizam whether he had carefully conducted his autopsy examination on possible bruises on the left side of Adib’s back, to which Hafizam said he had inspected the area where the fireman had seven broken ribs.
“I have done my job in finding other injuries on his body. Maybe the counsel is suggesting I do not have experience in forensic pathology,” he said.
The inquest was called by the government amid conflicting claims on the cause of Adib’s death.
Adib was part of a response team sent from the Subang Jaya fire and rescue station on Nov 27 to the temple area in answer to a call that cars had been set on fire. He died at the National Heart Institute on Dec 17.
The hearing continues tomorrow before coroner Rofiah Mohamad.
The lawyer for the housing and local government ministry, Syazlin Mansor, will next cross-examine Hafizam.