Adib went missing after attack by mob, colleague tells inquest

Fireman Ahmad Shahril Othman at the Shah Alam court complex, where the inquest into the death of Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim is being held.

SHAH ALAM: A fireman who worked with the late Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim told an inquest into his death that he was not aware of what happened to Adib after their Emergency Medical Rescue Service (EMRS) van was attacked by a mob in the early hours of Nov 27, 2018.

Ahmad Shahril Othman said he was not aware of how and when Adib had gone missing during the riots outside the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Subang Jaya.

Shahril, who is with the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Station, said some of the attackers tried to pull the driver’s door open.

“As I turned to my right to defend the driver’s door, I was not aware of what happened to Adib seated on my left,” he said when questioned by conducting officer Hamdan Hamzah.

Shahril said the mob of some 50 people were “hitting the van very hard and the vehicle was shaking”.

Using toy models to explain the situation, he said a fire rescue tender (FRT) truck had reversed into their van, causing it to be pushed sideways and set upon by the mob.

Shahril said that following the attack, he managed to drive the van to the Subang Jaya police district headquarters at USJ8, where he lodged a report.

“When I reached the police station, I checked the damage and found that the left tyre was ripped open and the left sliding door was missing.

“My team member Hazim appeared suddenly from the back of the van,” he said, referring to his colleague, Muhammad Hazim Rahimi.

Questioned by coroner Rofiah Mohamad on whether he heard screams from Adib, Shahril said the “voices from the people outside were too loud”.

He also said he saw Hazim getting out of the van and grabbing a fire hose to put out a car fire.

Shahril said Adib was missing after a headcount at the police station.

“Our other colleagues joined us at the police station shortly after we reached there.

“There were nine of us who were deployed to the temple but only eight of us, excluding Adib, were at the station,” he said.

Earlier today, the coroner and inquest officials visited the scene of the riots.

The inquest is to determine the cause of Adib’s death, who was allegedly attacked by rioters during the temple violence on Nov 27.

He died at the National Heart Institute on Dec 17.

Shahril will continue his testimony when the hearing continues tomorrow.