“Bubbly and charismatic” Alesha Fernando was found lifeless after partying with two men and her female best friend all night in June 2017.
She was pronounced dead in hospital after convincing a dealer who gave her the party drug that she was 17 and consuming at least six millilitres of GHB.
The Australian schoolgirl was “street smart” but relied on drink and drugs to “feel brave and confident in the social world”, the hearing was told.
Hair samples showed she had consumed ecstasy, synthetic drugs, MDMA, MDA and speed in the months leading up to her death news.com.au reports.
She would also talk about taking LSD and cannabis and had previously been taken to hospital with psychotic hallucinations, a Coroners Court of Victoria inquest was told.
Social worker Amanda Heaton-Harris, who worked with Alesha when she was aged 12, broke down as she told the court Alesha was “bubbly and charismatic”.
She said that “she was gorgeous” and “presented” as older than she was, “but speaking with her, although she may have been street-smart, you realised that developmentally there was a young 12-year-old there.”
Creative arts therapist Kate Perry added Alesha was in the process of “setting up a healthier future for herself”.
She said a close friend was trying to convince her that “she was a person who was worthwhile without being off her face”.
“She’d drink a lot before she went out in order to have the confidence to enter the social situation,” she said.
“She was using (drugs) to feel brave and confident in the social world.”
Alesha’s medical support was turned off after she was rushed to hospital following a night of partying with her female best friend and two men on June 19, 2017.
The then-19-year-old who gave her the GHB, Luke Delphin, was jailed in 2018 for a minimum of two years convicted of supplying a drug of dependence to a child.
The judge accepted that he believed her when she told the boys she was 17.
An autopsy found she had “not been interfered with” and had died of the symptoms of GHB toxicity.
The coroner’s findings will be handed down early next year.