A teen allegedly murdered then stuffed in a barrel was given crystal meth before her death, it can be revealed, as her suspected killer was today summoned to stand trial for murder.
Larissa Beilby, 16, was found dead in a barrel on the back of a pickup truck on Queensland's Gold Coast on June 28, 2018.
Her suspected killer Zlatko Sikorsky, 36, stands accused of Beilby's murder at a property in Buccan, south of Brisbane, before disposing of her corpse in the container.
Sikorsky is also charged with torture and deprivation of liberty. He also allegedly interfered with the young girl's corpse, according to court documents.
He was today ordered to stand trial over Beilby's murder, while a friend revealed in a two-day committal hearing that the teen was given potent drug crystal meth before she was killed.
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“She needed to stay awake so she could still be alive. She was purple from head to toe,” Chantelle Maker told Beenleigh Magistrates Court committal early on Wednesday.
“We smoked ice, pure and drank some fantasy,” she added.
“There were sexual acts that obviously went on, you know, when we both, um, obviously I was on fantasy so blacking in and out.”
Maker, who was "petrified" of Sikorsky, told the court she gave Beilby methamphetamine in the lead up to her death to after she was beaten up by her alleged killer.
She continued: “She needed to stay awake so she could still be alive. She was purple from head to toe."
“[She was] that purple that I was so frightened for her that when he went for a shower I snuck out and got her phone so she could put it all over social media."
Maker also said that Sikorsky had abducted her on more than one occasion and threatened to kill her.
Forensic pathologist Dr Dianne Little told the court via telephone that because of the decomposition to Ms Beilby's body she had been unable to determine the exact cause of death, but one possibility was asphyxiation from a gag.
She said the teenager had a large number of bruises and that a very low level of methylamphetamine was found in her system.
"There was actually evidence of inflammation in relation to quite a number of the injuries, which showed that they had happened before death," Dr Little said.
"To be honest, I've done over 7,000 autopsies and I have never seen anything like this."
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