Murder charge for ex-leader Neville Wran's daughter
Published 15/08/2014 | 02:30
The daughter of a leading Australian politician has been charged with murdering an alleged drug dealer while she was reportedly high and living rough.
Harriet Wran, the youngest daughter of one of Australia’s most revered politicians, seemed to have it all: wealth, privilege, a private education and well-connected friends.
Yesterday, that world came crashing down as the glamorous 26-year-old was charged with murdering an alleged drug dealer in a run-down Sydney council flat. At the time, she was reportedly high on a drug known as ‘ice’ and living rough.
Australians reacted with shock and disbelief to the news.
In April, Ms Wran, elegant in a black trenchcoat and silver jewellery, had read a Shakespeare sonnet at a state funeral for her father, Neville, a Labour Party stalwart who had been premier of New South Wales for a decade from 1976.
Yesterday, she wore a grey jumpsuit for the trip in a police van to Liverpool local court, in Sydney’s south-western suburbs. The previous evening, she had been charged, with her boyfriend, Michael Lee (35) with murder and attempted murder.
Police allege that the couple, together with a third person, Lloyd Haines (29), broke into the flat of Daniel McNulty in inner-city Redfern on Sunday night, armed with two knives. After a fight broke out, they allegedly stabbed him and another man, Brett Fitzgerald.
Mr McNulty (48), said to have been a musician, heroin addict and small-time dealer, died at the scene. Mr Fitzgerald (42) who suffered multiple stab wounds, is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
According to Australian newspapers, Ms Wran – who stands to inherit a sizeable chunk of her father’s estimated A$40m (€27.5m) fortune – has long-standing drug problems.