SHAH ALAM: The inquest into the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim started today with a demonstration on how the incident had inflicted injuries on the fireman.

The 24th witness in the inquest, Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) forensics specialist Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi enacted his theory that Adib had sustained injuries while exiting the Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) vehicle in hurry.

The demonstration was held at the Shah Alam Court Complex parking area before coroner Rofiah Mohamad at 10.30am.

There was a re-enactment of an EMRS van reversing at 17km per hour. The session ended about one and half hours later.

Present were deputy public prosecutor Faten Hadini Khairuddin, who is the conducting officer in the inquest; counsel Syazlin Mansor, who is representing the Housing and Local Government Ministry, Fire Department personnel and several officials.

Previously, Dr Hafizam suggested that Adib was not dragged out from the EMRS vehicle.

He said it was likely that Adib had sustained his injuries while exiting the EMRS vehicle in hurry.

However, 29th witness Professor Dr Shahrom Abdul Wahid, retired pathologist from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital (HUKM), who was also present during the demonstration had suggested that Adib was pulled out from the EMRS vehicle during a riot outside the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Subang Jaya on Nov 27 last year.

He also suggested that Adib had been attacked by a mob which led to seven broken ribs.

It was claimed that Adib, 24, died from severe injuries sustained after he was allegedly assaulted by rioters at the temple.

He was part of an emergency response team dispatched to the scene to douse a vehicle which had been torched.

Despite showing signs of recovery while being treated at the National Heart Institute, Adib died on Dec 17.

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Kuala Lumpur Hospital Pathology Forensic Physician, Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi (center), testified in the inquest proceedings to determine the cause of death of the late Firefighters and Admiral Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim at the Shah Alam Court Complex Court Coroner Court today.-Bernama