Adib inquest: Forensics expert grilled on ‘probability report’

Adib inquest: Forensics expert grilled on ‘probability report’

PUCHONG: A lawyer today questioned the ‘probability report’ of a forensic pathologist witness in the inquest into the death of Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, that injuries on the right chest of the firefighter were caused by a curb or road shoulder.

Syazlin Mansor, the lawyer representing the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia and the Housing and Local Government Ministry, said the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) Forensic Pathologist Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi had put a picture of the road shoulder in the report to confuse the court.

“The doctor’s decision to place an image of the road shoulder in the report is to mislead the court. There is no need for the picture as it is not certain if the road shoulder was the cause of the victim’s chest injuries,” he said.

Hafizam had earlier said that the road shoulder could probably be the most likely cause of injuries to Adib’s right chest and right arm.

“The road shoulder was one of the five objects that could have caused the injuries. The injuries were likely caused by hitting a blunt, hard, and wide object with a rough surface.

“The road shoulder was already there when we carried out an experiment on the incident,” he said.

Hafizam also pointed out that Adib was thrown out after the front left door of Emergency Medical Rescue Service (EMRS) van hit the latter’s body.

Responding to Syazlin, Hafizam said that he did not conduct experiments blindly when carrying out duties as a forensic expert.

“But in this case, we are not 100 percent sure that it was the road shoulder that caused injuries to the right shoulder and right arm of the victim. There are 1,001 possibilities regarding the position of the fall.

“If I had carried out the experiment blindly, it would be a waste of time, “he said.