Adib likely to have been in ‘twilight zone’, expert tells inquest

Forensic expert Dr Shahrom Abd Wahid.

SHAH ALAM: A forensic expert told the inquest into the death of Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim that the fireman might not have fought back if he was assaulted as he was likely to have been in a state of shock during the Seafield temple riot.

Dr Shahrom Abd Wahid, formerly with Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM), said that in his opinion, this was akin to being in a “twilight zone”.

“In my view, after the deceased was pulled by those people in the riot and was hit by the medical van’s door, he would have been in pain.

“With the state of shock and the pain he suffered, he may not have fought back,” he told conducting officer Hamdan Hamzah during the inquest today.

Shahrom, who was called in by the housing and local government ministry to assist in the inquest, was asked about Adib’s likely reaction at the time.

Asked whether a person being assaulted would scream for help, Shahrom said it was not likely, adding that in his opinion, Adib would not have thought that people in the riot would attack him.

Hamdan also questioned Shahrom’s reconstruction of the incident with the Fire and Rescue Department officers.

The conducting officer suggested that the officers may have been told how they should reenact the possible scenario of Adib being assaulted.

In response, Shahrom said the officers were not told why they were called in, other than to appear at Subang Jaya fire and rescue station.

Earlier today, lawyers for Adib’s family and the housing and local government ministry raised objections against Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) pathologist Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi sitting in at the proceedings.

The ministry’s lawyer, Syazlin Mansor, said Hafizam appeared to be giving instructions to officers at the inquest on how to question Shahrom.

Hamdan disagreed, saying expert witnesses were allowed to sit in. He cited Anwar Ibrahim’s Sodomy 2 case, where the experts were present during the proceedings.

Hamdan also denied that Hafizam was giving instructions to him and his officers.

Coroner Rofiah Mohamad dismissed the lawyers’ objections and allowed Hafizam to remain.

Adib was part of a response team sent from the Subang Jaya fire and rescue station on Nov 27 last year to the temple area in response to a call that cars had been set on fire.

He died at the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Dec 17.

The inquest continues tomorrow and on Friday.