Harriet Wran to be released on parole after two years in jail over drug dealer murder.

Harriet Wran, the daughter of the late former New South Wales premier Neville Wran, is to be freed on parole after serving two years in jail for her role in the robbery and murder of a Sydney drug dealer.

The NSW State Parole Authority granted Wran parole at a meeting today and she is expected to be released on Monday.

In July, the 28-year-old was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery in company and harbouring the killer of drug dealer Daniel McNulty in August 2014.

Her prison time commenced on August 13, 2014 and expires on August 12, 2018 with Judge Ian Harrison ruling her eligible for parole on August 12, 2016.

A statement from the parole authority said “standard parole conditions were imposed” on her.

It said additional conditions were also imposed including that she “abstain from alcohol use and not use or be in possession of illicit substances, participate in psychological/psychiatric treatment as directed and must not contact either the victim’s family or her co-offenders”.

Drug deal led to violent death

Wran was addicted to ice at the time she went to Mr McNulty’s public housing unit in inner-city Redfern to buy drugs with her boyfriend of two weeks, 35-year-old Michael Lee, and 29-year-old Lloyd Edward Haines.

The trio believed Lee and Haines could intimidate Mr McNulty into giving Wran more drugs than her money would cover.

But there was a violent struggle and Lee and Haines stabbed Mr McNulty to death and seriously wounded his flatmate Brett Fitzgerald.

The men pleaded guilty to murder, robbery in company causing wounding and grievous bodily harm and awaiting sentencing.

Initially Wran was also accused of murder, but the charge was withdrawn when she pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of being an accessory by harbouring, maintaining and assisting Lee while knowing he had killed Daniel McNulty.


She also admitted involvement in robbing Mr Fitzgerald of $650.

Wran told police she was high on drugs at the time and was shocked by what happened.

‘Model prisoner’ unlikely to reoffend

When sentencing Wran, Judge Harrison found her conduct in harbouring Lee for three days was at the bottom of the range of objective seriousness, even though she had been present at the Redfern apartment at the time of the murder, had heard screams and had thought it was serious enough to consider calling the police.

He also took into account that Wran had spent almost 12 months in the harsh environment of the maximum security unit and a considerable amount of time in solitary confinement, because of what he referred to as media misreporting of the facts which had led to “unwelcome attention from inmates and some prison staff”.

Judge Harrison noted Wran had been a model prisoner, had become drug-free while in jail, her prospects for rehabilitation were good and she was unlikely to reoffend.

Wran was supported throughout her trial by her mother, Jill Hickson Wran.

Her father Neville Wran, who led NSW from May 1976 to July 1986, died in April.

This post originally appeared on ABC News


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