Adib may have been pulled from van and hit by passenger door, says forensic expert

Former forensic doctor Shahrom Abd Wahib (middle, red tie) who was called in as an expert witness in the inquiry into Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death.

SHAH ALAM: A forensic expert told the inquest into Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s death today that the fireman might have been pulled out of the medical van and hit on the right side of the chest by the passenger door.

Dr Shahrom Abd Wahib, who was formerly attached to the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia forensic department, said he based his opinion on the injuries found on Adib’s body.

He said images taken during the forensic clinical examinations showed injuries on the right side of Adib’s chest that resembled a triangle, as well as injuries on his upper right arm.

“The injuries on the right side of the deceased’s chest matched the triangle-like space on the passenger seat’s door knob,” he said.

“He might have been standing in the space between the passenger door and the van, and someone at the scene may have kicked the door twice, causing his right rib cage to break.”

Shahrom, who is now a lecturer, was called in as an expert witness by the housing and local government ministry to assist in Adib’s inquest.

He also presented the Coroner’s Court with several videos of the reconstruction exercise carried out with officers from the fire and rescue department.

He said Adib appeared to have been pulled out by the crowd as there were injuries on his waist and several buttons missing from his shirt.

“To be, based on the white patch on his pants, he might have been dragged to the roadside,” he said, adding that the entire incident could have occurred within five to eight seconds, when the fire rescue tender truck reversed and hit the emergency medical rescue services van.

Shahrom said there were likely two or more culprits who pulled Adib from the van and forcefully kicked the passenger door.

“I do not want to provide reasons why the culprits would have done that to the deceased,” he added. “I leave it to the court to decide.”

Forensic doctors from Hospital Kuala Lumpur previously told the inquest that Adib was not pulled from the medical van or assaulted during the Seafield temple riot on Nov 27, 2018.

The hearing continues tomorrow before coroner Rofiah Mohamad.