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Wran could taste freedom within weeks

AAP logoAAP 26/07/2016 By Sophie Tarr

A judge has offered Harriet Wran the chance to walk free from jail within weeks - and warned no family is beyond the reach of drugs and the horrors of addiction.

Wran covered her face in her hands and sobbed in the dock of the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday as Justice Ian Harrison sentenced her to a two-year minimum jail term over her role in a deadly 'ice'-fuelled robbery in a dingy inner-Sydney housing commission unit in 2014.

The judge also handed her a one-year fixed term for "harbouring, maintaining and assisting" heroin addict Michael Lee in the days after he murdered small-time drug dealer Daniel McNulty.

The daughter of former NSW premier Neville Wran has been behind bars since August 13, 2014, meaning she will be eligible for parole in just over a fortnight.

The 28-year-old turned to face her mother Jill Hickson, who has been a steady presence in court, before she was led down to the cells.

Wran was educated at Sydney's most exclusive private schools and expected to inherit a share of her father's multi-million-dollar estate after his death in early 2014.

But privately she was battling mental illness and a crippling drug habit.

Justice Harrison said the psychological demons that shaped Wran's offending "do not discriminate".

"Every family in Australia today is a potential target for direct and vicarious disruption and sadness caused by crimes related to illicit drugs," the judge said.

"The combination of mental illness and drug addiction do not in my experience respond well to either punishment or logic."

At the time of Mr McNulty's death on August 10, 2014, Wran has admitted she was injecting ice and had spent years in and out of rehab centres trying to overcome her struggles with drugs, depression, anxiety and bulimia.

Wran had previously told the court she was "hanging out" for a hit that night, and she was the one who showed her face at his window asking for drugs.

Mr McNulty told his housemate Brett Fitzgerald: "Don't worry, it's just a girl."

But he did not see the two men standing behind Wran - Lee, her boyfriend of two weeks, and his friend Lloyd Edward Haines, whom she had only just met.

Both men have pleaded guilty to murdering Mr McNulty and are yet to be sentenced.

Justice Harrison said Wran did not realise Lee had armed himself with a knife, nor that Haines had donned a balaclava in the moments before the men charged through Mr McNulty's front door.

He said it was clear she never expected anyone to get hurt.

"It is not suggested that she participated in any violence or that she encouraged it," Justice Harrison said.

Justice Harrison also said he accepted Wran was genuinely remorseful.

"I have no concern that Ms Wran will re-offend. Her significant challenge will be to arrest her mental health issues and associated drug addiction."

Outside court, Ms Hickson said she was "thrilled" that her daughter could be home soon.

"I really just want to thank all the people who've been on this journey with us, and especially our legal team, who have been so genuinely with Harriet at every twist and turn - and especially other mothers, all of them," she told reporters.

Wran's full sentence will expire in August 2018.

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