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09 October 2014

Harriet Wran murder trial: autopsy may take another three months

Daughter of NSW former premier accused with two others of killing man in alleged drug deal gone wrong

An autopsy on the man allegedly killed by Harriet Wran may take another three months, a Sydney court has heard.

The daughter of the former New South Wales premier Neville Wran is accused, along with Michael Lee and Lloyd Edward Haines, of murdering Daniel McNulty in a Redfern housing commission block in August.

According to a police statement, Wran was “desperate” for a hit of the drug ice when she accompanied Haines and Lee to McNulty’s apartment on the night of Sunday 10 August.

Police have alleged that the two men were armed with a hammer and two knives, including one “as long as Lee’s forearm”, and intended to confront the alleged drug dealer over an earlier botched sale.

McNulty was stabbed twice after a scuffle broke out at the door. Fiztgerald allegedly went to his aid before he was also stabbed.
Another man, Brett Fitzgerald, was also stabbed several times.

The three co-accused have been charged with murder, attempted murder and aggravated break and enter over the double stabbing, which allegedly occurred after a fight broke out in the unit.

Lawyers for Wran and Lee appeared briefly in Sydney’s central local court on Wednesday, where a prosecutor asked for additional time to build the case.

Evidence from police mapping and video units, handwriting analysis, medical records for Fitzgerald and McNulty’s autopsy report were still forthcoming, the prosecutor said.

The autopsy could take up to three months, but “attempts will be made to expedite it”, he said.

Three volumes of evidence have already been provided to the defence.

Police have alleged the 26-year-old daughter of the NSW Labor figure, who passed away in April, was homeless and high on the drug ice when the attack occurred.

Wran was not required to appear in court for the hearing and will remain in custody. The next hearing is scheduled for 18 December.
Haines is expected to face court on Thursday.