There were bruises on Adib’s ribs: Witness

SHAH ALAM (Bernama) – The inquest into the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim was told bruises and a footwear impression were seen on his right ribs.

Civil Defence Force (APM) volunteer R Narresh, 30, said the bruises were on the anterior surface of the right ribs as the affected area had turned reddish in colour.

“On seeing the red bruises I thought there must be internal bleeding so I took a firefighting clothing to tie his body.

“I also noticed a footwear print on the (Muhammad Adib) right ribs. I wiped the (shoe print) until it disappeared,” he said in reply to questions from prosecuting officer Hamdan Hamzah before Coroner Rofiah Mohamad yesterday.

Muhammad Adib, 24, who was also a member of the Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) of the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Station (BBP) was severely injured after being assaulted in a rioting incident at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple at USJ25, Subang Jaya on November 27 last year.

He fought for his life for 21 days before succumbing to his injuries at the National Heart Institute (IJN) on December 17 last year.

Elaborating, Narresh said he could see Muhamamd Adib’s condition as he was positioned very near to the victim when they were at the bucket seats (back section) of the Mitsubishi Storm which was driven by a man who agreed to help bring the injured firefighter to the hospital.

He said he checked the firefighter’s pulse which was weak adding that there was no response from the victim.

“I remember that he was short of breath, his eyes were closed and there was no response,” he said.