Expert: Adib’s injuries should have been probed from day one

Expert: Adib’s injuries should have been probed from day one

SHAH ALAM: A clinical forensic pathologist should have been called in to determine what caused the injuries on the late firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim before he died.

Senior forensic and pathology expert Dr Shahrom Abd Wahid said this at Adib’s inquest proceeding today.

“It’s not just about the post-mortem. From the beginning, an investigation should have been carried out after the incident occurred.

“A clinical forensic pathologist should have been called in. When we investigate, we should not be waiting for people to die and then only spring into action,” he said.

A clinical forensic pathologist examines living patients, usually for cases involving sexual assault or abuse.

Shahrom is the 29th witness in the inquest into Adib’s death, which entered its 39th day today.

The pathology expert said that if investigations had commenced earlier, the forensics team would have gone to the scene of the incident to identify the objects that could have caused Adib’s injuries.

 “Usually, we will tell the investigating officer what to look for. In Adib’s case, it would have been the car or other objects in the vicinity.

“If we don’t tell him (the investigating officer), he will not know what to find,” said Shahrom.

When senior federal counsel Suzana Atan questioned whether calling a clinical forensic pathologist was a standard operating procedure (SOP) or on one’s own initiative, Shahrom said the SOP requires the authorities to carry out a comprehensive investigation.

Suzana is representing the Housing and Local Government Ministry and the Fire and Rescue Department.

She is assisted by deputy public prosecutor Faten Hadni Khairuddin.

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