The death of a firefighter in Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple controversy sparked a nationwide uproar late last year as many accused the rioters of the temple killed the 24-year-old bomba man.
An inquest was carried out to find out the details about Adib’s injuries leading to his death. And on Thursday (Mar 28), a forensic specialist told the coroner’s court that the deceased firefighter Muhammad Adib Mod Kasim sustained his injuries on two distinct orders.
According to NST, Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi from Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) said the reconstruction of the incident outside the temple found that Adib had “voluntarily” exited from the front left-side passenger door of the Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) van that he arrived in.
He said Adib departed the vehicle amid a commotion in which a mob had charged towards the van and a fire truck.
The doctor said based on the accident’s reconstruction, which was done by the police with the HKL’s forensic department, it led Adib having a horizontal-shaped scratch along the lower left-side rear of his abdomen.
He further explained how Adib’s got his injuries from answering questions by lawyer Syazlin Mansor, who is representing the Housing and Local Government Ministry and the Fire and Rescue Department.
Syazlin: “Based on the pattern of injuries, and the reconstruction that was done, can you tell us what were the sequences of Adib’s injuries?”
Dr Hafizam: “The sequence is as follows. The horizontal scar on the lower left side of his back was due to him alighting the EMRS amidst the commotion. This led to his back grazing with the plate structure (of the left-side front door).
After that, the victim was standing with his back facing the door. The EMRS moved (in reverse) suddenly and it caused the edge of the front left-side door to hit the victim with a strong impact. This broke the victim’s first to seventh left ribs and broke the internal cortex as well.”
“This caused the victim to hurl forward, and his right chest and right arm hit an object which was hard, blunt and wide.
The victim fell with his right knee hitting this hard object, and his left elbow hitting this same hard object too. This caused the scratches on his left elbow and right knee.”
Syazlin: “What medical evidence are these injury sequences based on?”
Dr Hafizam: “The sequences are based on findings when the reconstruction was done.”
Prior to this, the forensic specialist did not concur the possibility that Adib may have been hit by the van’s front door and its frame as the vehicle reverse, as he contended that it would lead to more severe injuries that what had been seen on Adib’s body.
He also stressed Adib sustained the injuries during a “non-ideal” situation as the commotion was running rampant in the mob attack.
“It happened during a commotion when people were scurrying about… there may have been no time for him to stop because of the differing situations,” said Dr Hafizam.
Furthermore, FMT reported earlier that a Pakistani national saw Adib was hit by EMRS van and he was crushed against parked cars near the temple.
Mohsin Budd was the 20th witness in the inquest and he told the court this on March 19.
“I saw a group of Indians approach and throw something at the lorry (the FRT). I saw someone from the lorry get down from the passenger’s side. He just stood outside.
“The person in the passenger’s seat got down from the van after that. Then, one other person came from where I do not know, and stood in between the lorry and the van.
“The one in the middle wore a helmet and the orange-green Bomba uniform. The one from the lorry wore a full Bomba uniform but he had an orange jacket and no helmet.
“And the one from the van, I can’t recall what coloured shirt he wore, maybe black or blue, but his pants were the same as the Bomba pants,” Mohsin testified in court in Punjabi.
Adib passed away from severe injuries after being allegedly assaulted by rioters at the temple on Nov 27 last year.
Feedme Malaysia initially covered that Adib was hit by a Fire Department vehicle as claimed by the USJ25 temple taskforce. Its secretary V. K. Regu told media with a video showing the purported way Adib was injured.
However, Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) Director-General Datuk Mohamad Hamdan Wahid later held a press conference and revealed to the media who was the firefighter as seen in the video.
Mohd Hazim Mohd Rahimi, 31, confirmed to media while holding a screenshot of the video on November 29 that he was the person walking towards the suddenly reversing fire engine.
The late-fireman was part of an emergency response team dispatched to the scene to battle a vehicle which had been lit. Though he was showing signs of recovery while being treated at the National Heart Institute (IJN), he died on Dec 17 2018.
We hope the authorities quickly get to the bottom of this!
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