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Cop strip search 'nice and slow': patron

A police officer allegedly warned she'd make a strip search "nice and slow" if a Sydney music festival attendee didn't tell her where she was hiding drugs.

The patron, who cannot be identified, gave evidence on Thursday during the inquest into the deaths of six young people at NSW music festivals between December 2017 and January 2019.

The 28-year-old said she rarely drank and never took illicit drugs so was surprised when a sniffer dog picked her out as she entered Knockout Circuz three or four years ago.

The woman tearfully told the inquest she was ushered into a room with a female police officer and declared she had no drugs on her.

"The dogs are never wrong so just tell me where the drugs are," the woman says the officer replied before asking her why she was nervous and instructing her to take her top and bra off.

"I covered my boobs and she told me to put my hands up and she told me to tell her where the drugs were," thewoman said.

"She said 'If you don't tell me where the drugs are, I'm going to make this nice and slow'."

The women was told to remove her shorts and underwear, squat and repeatedly cough.

A search of her bag returned her boyfriend's wallet, which the officer took.

"She opened the door while I was still naked and handed the wallet to someone else and made me stand there for a bit," she said.

The search uncovered no drugs and the woman was let into the festival.

She was strip-searched at another festival and again, no drugs were found.

"You're humiliated. The way I was spoken to was like I'd done something wrong," she said.

The fan of hard-style music said she liked attending the genre's events but no longer did as the presence of police and security made her feel anxious and "like a criminal sometimes".

According to NSW parliament documents, drugs were only found in 36 per cent of 1124 strip searches prompted by sniffer dogs in 2017.

Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame said she found the police presence "full on" when attending hard-style event Show Your True Colours in June.

She said there were "lines and lines of police and dogs" and "it made me feel nervous. It was a strange sensation for me to see how intense it was."

Thursday's hearing focused on the death of 18-year-old Nathan Tran, who fell on his face at Hardcore Circuz 2017, was restrained by guards and later died of MDMA toxicity.

The inquest was earlier told his body temperature was 41C when he arrived at Westmead Hospital.

Three security guards helped him upright before trying to control his arms and his legs when he began thrashing about.

A police officer then placed Mr Tran in a two-handed headlock that didn't apply pressure the man's throat before he was handcuffered.

"If I can control his head, I can control the rest of his body," Detective Senior Constable Brenton Magee told the inquest.

"When he's in that state, you can't rationalise with him or at least I couldn't and we couldn't."

A policing expert said the manoeuvre was reasonable and appropriate.

Mr Tran was taken to a medical tent Snr Const Magee said was "like a warzone" and rushed to hospital.

The inquest will resume on Friday.

© AAP 2019