Coroner, officials to visit temple riots site tomorrow

The Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, where fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim was allegedly attacked and beaten by several rioters on Nov 27 last year.

SHAH ALAM: The coroner and other officials in the inquest into the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim will visit the site of the riots at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple tomorrow morning.

Judge Rofiah Mohamad, who is acting as coroner, decided on the site visit during the hearing, which began today.

Mohd Kamaruzaman A Wahab, the lawyer for Adib’s family, told reporters outside the court the three witnesses who testified today would also be brought to the scene.

“The visit will enable us to see the location and get an idea of where the fire rescue tender (FRT) and Emergency Medical Rescue Service (EMRS) vehicles were stationed on that day,” he said.

Asked whether the two vehicles would be brought to the scene during the visit, Kamaruzaman said he had not verified that as yet, Bernama reported.

The inquest is to determine the cause of death of Adib, who was allegedly attacked and beaten by several rioters during the incident on Nov 27 last year.

Adib, who was badly injured, died at the National Heart Institute on Dec 17.

Earlier, fireman Ahmad Shahril Othman told the inquest that Adib was still communicating with him inside the EMRS van when the FRT vehicle reversed into them.

Shahril, who was tasked as a medic, said that more than three people tried to open the EMRS van’s door with helmets.

Earlier, he said, he saw another firefighter, Muhammad Hazim Rahimi, getting out of the FRT vehicle and grabbing a fire hose to put out a car fire.

“Before Hazim could put out the fire, the FRT vehicle was attacked by a group of people and I could not see him anywhere,” he said.

It was then that the FRT vehicle reversed and hit the front of the ERMS van which he and Adib were in, he added.

Another witness, Subang Jaya traffic enforcement head Mohamad Nasir Drahman, told the court he saw hard objects being hurled at the FRT vehicle.

He said this caused the vehicle’s windscreen to shatter.

“The fire truck then reversed and knocked into the EMRS van before moving forward. It then reversed again and went was out of sight,” he said.