“Don’t worry, it’s just a girl.”
Those were among the final words spoken by Redfern drug dealer Daniel McNulty before he was murdered in his own home on 10 August, 2014.
That girl on the other side of his door was Harriet Wran, the daughter of a former NSW premier, former student at a prestigious Sydney school, a privileged university graduate, and an ice addict.
The details of this chilling and bizarre case can finally be revealed after yesterday’s sensational decision by the Crown to drop the murder charge against the 28-year-old.
What should have been the beginning of her judge-only murder trial was over soon after it began, as Wran pleaded guilty to lesser charges of being an accessory to murder and robbery in company.
So how did a young woman who seemingly had everything end up facing a new life behind bars?
It was just four months after the death of her politician father, when Wran, already high on ice, knocked on the door of that housing commission flat in Redfern with one thing on her mind: getting her next hit.
McNulty, peering at her through the window, encouraged his flatmate Brett Fitzgerald to let her in. The door swung open and Wran’s boyfriend of two weeks, Michael Lee, and his acquaintance, Lloyd Haines, burst past her into the living room.
With only $70 to spend, their plan had been to intimidate McNulty into giving them more drugs. But things quickly turned deadly.
Murdered drug dealer, Daniel McNulty. Via Facebook.
Lee, armed with a knife, and Haines, masked with a balaclava, ended up in a tousle with McNulty in the bedroom that ended with the drug dealer being stabbed in the back. The knife had penetrated his chest and punctured his lung, a wound that would prove fatal.
Fitzgerald was also stabbed a number of times in the stomach and neck, and attacked with a hammer.