Harriet Wran Admits Relapse But Avoids Jail For Drugs And Stolen Goods
Harriet Wran, the drug addict daughter of former NSW Premier Neville Wran, has been spared jail after admitting to possessing drugs and stolen goods.
Wran told a Magistrate she has a fresh appreciation for the gift of recovery after getting hooked on the drug ‘ice’ for a second time.
Wran, who served jail time over the murder and robbery of a drug dealer in 2014, was released on parole in late 2016. The 31-year-old woman managed to stay clean until a few months before her February arrest. She was charged after she was pulled over by police at a service station at North Wyong, on the Central Coast.
“I thought I was cured and now I stand here before you having lost it all. Addiction took it all the way in the blink of an eye,” Wran told the court.
She said she relapsed in Melbourne and was sucked back into a daily ice addiction. Outside court, Wran uttered the words “never again” when 10 News First asked her about using drugs.
“As a direct result of the drugs and my desperate cravings for them, I kept the wrong company and thus landed in dark situations, one of those being the night of my arrest,” she wrote in a letter to the Magistrate.
“I used to say, ‘I would rather be hit by a bus than try ice again’, but here I am in early recovery. I believe that over time, as I clocked up years of sobriety, I started to take recovery for granted.”
Wran promised to make things right again and is now in rehab, where she’s been ordered to stay as part of her sentence. She also has to pay $550 worth of fines for possessing ice and failing to display P-plates.
The court considering the stolen goods -- which included people’s mail, credit cards, laptops and phones -- more serious, handing her a good behaviour bond for 12 months.
“Mum was horrified and devastated, barely able to look at me. She suffers as the result of my failure. I am determined to make things right,” Wran finished.
When police arrested Wran, they searched her car, which was littered with possessions. Finally, they opened her wallet, were a drug baggie was found.
"Awesome, now I'm definitely under arrest, aren't I?" Wran said.
Police asked her: "What do you think it is?"
She replied: "That looks like crystal meth."
Wran’s father Neville was the Premier of New South Wales from 1976 to 1986.