Doctor insists Adib’s injuries not due to assault

Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi.

SHAH ALAM: The forensic doctor who conducted the post-mortem on Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim today defended his finding that the injuries sustained by the fireman were not due to assault.

Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi from Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) told the Coroner’s Court here that he had not found any injuries consistent with violent acts.

“Based on my examination, there were injuries due to blunt force trauma on the left side of his back, his right knee, and the joint of his left arm.

“I stated what I found in my report,” he said.

Hafizam had been questioned by conducting officer Hamdan Hamzah on Adib’s injuries, following comments made on Facebook last Friday by an individual claiming to be a nurse at the National Heart Institute.

The individual, using the name “Cik Miera”, criticised Hafizam’s testimony in court, claiming she had seen bruises on Adib’s face and body.

“Cik Miera”, who was also confronted by Kangar MP Noor Amin Ahmad over her remarks, later deleted her comment.

Hafizam, who read the comment in court today, said he was being criticised and labelled as a liar over his testimony.

“I hope that anyone who has other information regarding the deceased’s injuries which Dr Shah and I did not find can be called to testify,” he added, referring to Dr Mohd Shah Mahmood who is head of forensic medicine and consultant forensic pathologist at HKL.

The doctor earlier said it was impossible for Adib to have sustained seven broken ribs on the left side from being hit with the back of a machete.

“The broken ribs may have been due to receiving strong force such as from opening the EMRS door,” he said, referring to the Emergency Medical Rescue Service van Adib had been in.

He added that based on his post-mortem examination, there were no defensive wounds on Adib’s upper limbs which would have indicated an attempt to protect himself from being beaten.

“Based on medical research papers, if a person is attacked or assaulted, they will sustain injuries on their upper body,” he said.

The inquest was called by the government amid conflicting claims on the cause of Adib’s death.

He was part of a response team sent from the Subang Jaya fire and rescue station on Nov 27 last year to the Sri Maha Mariamman temple area in USJ 25 in answer to a call that cars had been set on fire.