Updated: 08/15/2014 00:43 | By Agence France-Presse

Daughter of Australian Labor great charged with murder

The daughter of long-serving former Australian state premier Neville Wran was on Thursday charged with murder over the stabbing death of a small-time drug dealer in Sydney.


Daughter of Australian Labor great charged with murder

File photo shows the late NSW state premier Neville Wran pictured with Princess Mary of Denmark at a ball in Sydney in 2005 - by Rob Griffith

Harriet Wran, 26, was also charged with the attempted murder of a second man and aggravated break and enter. Two men face similar charges.

They are accused of killing Daniel McNulty, 48, who was stabbed at a public housing block in inner-city Redfern on Sunday. A second man was found with multiple stab wounds and is in hospital.

Wran, the goddaughter of late media mogul Kerry Packer, was last in the public eye in May at the state funeral of her father, which was attended by a roll call of heavyweight political figures.

Neville Wran was the premier of Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, from 1976 until his sudden retirement in 1986, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott calling him "one of the most significant figures of his generation".

Despite coming from a privileged background, Harriet Wran has been addicted to the drug ice, also known as crystal meth or methamphetamine, for a considerable period of time and was living penniless on the streets, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said.

Other reports said Wran, a modern history student at the University of Sydney, took the death of her father hard and was allegedly attempting to buy drugs worth Aus$70 (US$65), with the two men also charged, when a fight broke out and McNulty was stabbed.

The Sydney Morning Herald said Wran had told police she was "numb on ice" at the time.

Her barrister Winston Terracini said outside Liverpool Local Court that his client would fight the charges. 

"I've indicated at this stage we'll be pleading not guilty," he said.

Wran's mother Jill flew in from Brisbane but refused to comment, only saying "Please don't" when approached by reporters.

The case was adjourned until October 8.

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