Don’t Trust Your Drug Dealer
Posted by Childress on May 29, 2006
The details of Belinda Davey's death are depressingly familiar. In a single night, the young clubber took drug after drug — ecstasy, GHB, speed — and died from simply exposing her body to more than it could stand. What stands out in this story is the behavior of Belinda's drug dealer, who kept dealing while she died, and her friends, who stood by and did nothing. From The Australian:
BELINDA Davey had partied past dawn but she was in no mood to go home. At 7am, the 21-year-old nurse left the Bass Station Rave Club in St Kilda and drove her friends to the Pure Hard Dance Recovery Club, a favourite haunt hidden off a city laneway. Inside the club, Davey met Abraham Welly Wong, a drug dealer who sold GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate), known as grievous bodily harm, in a nearby basement car park.Friends say Davey had only started taking illicit drugs a few weeks before. But within hours of arriving at the club on February 19 last year, she was dead.
Yesterday, a coroner criticised friends and patrons for failing to call an ambulance when they saw her unconscious in Wong's car.
During her first visit to Wong's car, Davey consumed GHB and ecstasy (she had earlier taken ecstasy at Bass Station).
At 12.35pm, she returned to his car and took speed before going back to the club. An hour later, Davey was back in his front passenger seat.
Davey drank from a bottle containing GHB, a clear, odourless liquid, which police believe she mistakenly thought was water.
She reacted badly, spitting out the liquid. ''You didn't drink from that bottle, did you?'' Wong said, suggesting she take speed to ''neutralise'' the effect. After smoking speed from a ''crack pipe'', Davey subsequently passed out.
Wong, who later insisted he was monitoring her breathing and pulse, gave her more speed by rubbing 1g inside her mouth and around her gums. Nine patrons stood and watched him.
Throughout the afternoon, Davey was left in the car while Wong continued to sell drugs and socialise with friends. Rubin Bevan, a friend of Wong's who was in the car at the time of Davey's collapse, left the carpark and went shopping.
Several patrons suggested Wong call an ambulance but he refused. At 3.15pm, Davey's friend Steven Gibson saw that ''her eyes were half open, and her mouth was half open''.
Another person checked to see if Davey was alive.
''She barely was,'' Mr Gibson later told Victorian Coroner Graeme Johnstone.
''Lee (Wong) said: 'Don't worry, she'll be fine. I've already put half a gram of speed in her mouth.' ''I said, 'No, call an ambulance'. He said, 'No, because it will be all right; I've just spent 300 bucks on this stuff; I've already put in two lots'.''
Gibson said he ''was afraid she was going to die, so I left by myself in a taxi and went home''.
Mr Johnstone said Gibson ''took no positive action to save his friend''.
At 6pm, an off-duty police officer found Davey and called an ambulance crew, who attempted resuscitation. Davey remained in cardiac arrest and, at 6.46pm, was declared dead.
As one should expect from a drug dealer, Wong saw drugs as the answer to everything. He was wrong. Had he been more concerned about the fate of Belinda and less concerned about selling drugs, he might have taken her to a hospital where she might have been saved. Also to blame are those who watched. What gave Wong all the authority in this scene? Couldn't one of them have placed a call to the police and requested an ambulance? The biggest crime? Wong's sentence for letting Davies die was just three months.