Adib inquest: Research studies too show injuries inconsistent with assault

Adib inquest: Research studies too show injuries inconsistent with assault

SHAH ALAM: The inquest court received two journal articles from forensics expert Dr Mohd Shah Mahmood that studied injury patterns in criminal cases that supported the forensics conclusion that firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim’s injuries were inconsistent with an assault.

Shah who is the director of National Forensics Medicine told the Coroner’s Court that one of the studies found that 70 percent of victims who were physically assaulted would have injuries on their head, chest and abdomen.

Mohd Shah said that the other study showed similar findings, indicating that between 60 and 70 percent of assault victims would have injuries to their head and chest.

“Based on the studies which were conducted quite thoroughly, if one is physically assaulted, the pattern shows that there would be injuries to the face.

“(But), in Adib’s case, the pattern of injuries sustained by Adib is not consistent with the assault.

“And (I submit these) journal articles to support our team’s conclusion,” he testified in front of Coroner Rofiah Mohamad on the 21st day of the inquest to ascertain Muhammad Adib’s cause of death.

The studies were conducted between three to five years involving 300 cases that included injuries sustained by murder victims, he said.

He revealed that assault victims would have sustain injuries on “the face, cheeks, or others”.

The copy of articles was submitted by Mohd Shah to assist the court, he also said.

The hearing is expected to continue this afternoon with one police investigating officer being called to testify as the 28th witness in the inquest.

Last week, Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi, 40, of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital dismissed the possibility of inflicting an assault based on a 18-second video.

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