Coroner finds firefighter Adib died after assault

SHAH ALAM (Bernama) – The Coroner’s Court yesterday established that firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim died after he was assaulted by two or three unidentified people during a riot in the vicinity of a temple in Subang Jaya last year.

Coroner Rofiah Mohamad, who had led a 41-day inquest to determine the cause of Muhammad Adib’s death, said, “The blunt chest trauma that led to the death of Muhammad Adib was not of his own doing but the impact of the criminal acts by more than two individuals.”

She also said that the testimony of witnesses at the scene, the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, Subang Jaya, also indicated that there had been an assault on someone in the area where about 20 to 30 people had gathered.

Rofiah said the court accepted the testimony of the 29th witness, United Kingdom-based senior consultant forensic pathologist Professor Dr Shahrom Abdul Wahid, who said that Muhammad Adib, 24, was beaten and dragged out of a Fire & Rescue Department van.

She also concluded that the failure of the police and the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) personnel in controlling the riot also contributed to the death of Muhammad Adib.

Rofiah said the court accepted the theory presented by Dr Shahrom that Muhammad Adib was injured after he was pinned to the door of the Emergency Services Assistance Unit (EMRS) van, which was forcibly kicked by the rioters.

She said the witness also told the court that Muhammad Adib was dragged out of the van and before the rioters kicked the EMRS van door again and hit the victim’s hand causing him to sustain scrape wound.

“As such, the theory that Muhammad Adib was thrown out as presented by the 24th witness Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi is completely rejected,” she said.