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.