Just after 7pm last Sunday (August 10th 2014), former private schoolgirl and daughter of a Labor legend Harriet Wran
was captured on CCTV footage walking through the lobby of a rundown housing commission block in Redfern.
Neville Wran's daughter Harriet Wran charged with murder of Redfern drug dealer
Harriet Wran charged with murder
EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The youngest daughter of the former New South Wales Premier, the late Neville Wran, could face decades behind bars.
26-year-old Harriet Wran has been charged with murder over a double stabbing that left one man dead and another fighting for his life.
Wran's legal team is planning to argue that she's a drug addict innocent of the attack on two men she didn't know. They say she was numb on methamphetamine and terrified at the time.
Lucy Carter reports.
LUCY CARTER, REPORTER: Harriet Wran could run no longer. After three days hiding from police, the 26-year-old and her boyfriend, Michael Lee, handed themselves in late yesterday. By this morning, the pair had been charged with murder, attempted murder and aggravated break and enter.
Will she be pleading guilty?
LAWYER: No, certainly not.
LUCY CARTER: Harriet Wran, Michael Lee and a third man, Lloyd Haines, are accused over the stabbing death of 48-year-old drug dealer Daniel McNaulty inside his Redfern apartment on Sunday night.
A second man, Brett Fitzgerald, was critically injured in the attack. At this stage, he's the sole witness who led police to the trio. His evidence will be crucial to the prosecution when he recovers.
Detectives allege the trio went to the unit with the intention of killing Mr McNaulty. However, Wran's defence couldn't be more different. Her lawyer will argue a desperate and drug-addled Wran was there for a $70 drug deal that went wrong.
Harriet Wran's legal team will allege that she'd been battling an ice addiction and had relapsed after her father's death in April. It's alleged she's been living on the streets penniless for several weeks. She claims to have only met here co-accused, Lloyd Haines, that day, while she was with Michael Lee, trying to score more drugs.
It's a very different image to the poised young woman who spoke at her father's state funeral.
HARRIET WRAN (May): Our rebels now are ended.
LUCY CARTER: Her devastated mother, Jill Hickson, flew to Sydney from Brisbane this morning.
JILL HICKSON, MOTHER: I can hardly walk, let alone talk.
LUCY CARTER: 26 years ago, Ms Hickson and the widely-respected former Labor leader showed off their baby girl.
JILL HICKSON: It's the most exquisite kind of happiness.
LUCY CARTER: Now a family already in mourning faces a lengthy court battle.
Harriet Wran didn't apply for bail today. She's due back in court in October.
Lucy Carter, Lateline.