Harriet Wran delivers emotional plea as she is released from jail after two years.

Harriet Wran, the daughter of former NSW premier Neville Wran, issued an emotional plea for privacy as she walked free from prison this morning.

“I implore you to understand that I’m still very much in recovery,” she told press gathered outside Sydney’s Silverwater prison.

“It’s going to be a long process and it’s going to be hard and I ask you to understand, please, to let me do what I have to do in private.”

The 28-year-old served two years behind bars for her role in the death of Sydney drug dealer Daniel McNulty, having plead guilty to being an accessory to murder and robbery in company in August 2014.

Wran was present when her boyfriend and an acquaintance stabbed the 48-year-old to death in his own home in the inner-Sydney suburb of Redfern on July 10 that year.

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.

McNulty, peering at her through the window, encouraged his flatmate Brett Fitzgerald to let her in. The door swung open and Wran’s boyfriend, 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.

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.

Wran was waiting in the living room when the stabbing occurred.


Harriet Wran. Image: Facebook.

During her sentencing hearing in the NSW Supreme Court on July 14, the 28-year-old said she will forever regret her involvement in McNulty’s death.

“I feel terrible,” she told the court, according to The Daily Telegraph.

“I am ashamed to have been involved in anything like that. I can’t believe someone died. I can’t believe someone was so badly hurt. No one should lose their life in those circumstances. But it happened and I have to come to terms with that it did.

“I regret every step I took that night.”

Murdered drug dealer, Daniel McNulty. Image: Facebook.

Wran also admitted to the court having previously abusing cocaine, ecstasy and Ritalin, but said once she had a hit of ice there was no going back.

“I never felt like I did [like] when I was using ice. I felt so different, more confident… there was a chemical high I didn’t know existed and I knew my brain was never going to forget that," she said.

“Once the craving starts you can’t stop it … I cried all the way around to the dealer’s place.”

Wran's exit from Silverwater this morning comes after the NSW Parole Authority granted her freedom at a private hearing at Parramatta on Friday.

Under the conditions of her release, Wran must abstain from alcohol and must not be caught with illegal drugs, reports ABC.

She is forbidden from contacting her co-offenders and the victim’s family and must also undergo psychological or psychiatric treatment “as directed”.