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Claims of good life gone bad in Wran murder case

Former Byron Bay man Daniel McNulty, who is alleged to have been murdered by former Premier Neville Wran’s daughter Harriet Wran (inset below left).
Former Byron Bay man Daniel McNulty, who is alleged to have been murdered by former Premier Neville Wran’s daughter Harriet Wran (inset below left). Aap Picture Of Harriet Wran

A FORMER Byron Bay man was allegedly murdered by Neville Wran's daughter, Harriet, and two other men, over a $70 drug deal of "ice" that went wrong.

Daniel John McNulty, 48, was stabbed to death inside his unit in Redfern's notorious McKell complex, on Walker St, on Sunday night.

His housemate who moved in two weeks ago, Brett Fitzgerald, 42, was also stabbed multiple times and remains in St Vincent's hospital in a stable condition.

Wran, 26, her boyfriend, Michael Lee, 35 and Lloyd Haines, 29, are all behind bars after being charged with murder over their alleged part in Mr McNulty's death.

Mr McNulty grew up in Sydney and studied sound engineering at the Australian Film Television and Radio school, before he went on to work on music projects and documentaries with SBS.

"We all had good, budding careers back in the early '90s and it was a fun industry, we were a family," friend and film producer Gavin Barbey said.

"There are a lot of people who fall off the wagon, but Dan was a nice guy. He was well-respected."

The father of one moved to Byron Bay in the early 2000s, and spent more than 10 years working as a fisherman.

Good friend Jim Hearn said Mr McNulty was a "genuinely good dad" to his only daughter and had a loving relationship in Byron Bay before he "fell off the wagon".

"He's an incredibly charming guy," Mr Hearn told News Limited.

"He had a mate with a boat in Byron Bay and he fished every day.

"He was a brilliant fisherman.

"He was up at 4am and he lived the life of a salty sea dog."

Shocked to hear of his mate's violent end, Mr Hearn said his friend of 20 years was "cheeky, but not aggressive".

Two-years-ago, while struggling to deal with his heroin addiction, Mr McNulty left Byron Bay and returned to Sydney.

He secured a public housing unit in Redfern, was on the methadone program, and dabbled in low-level drug dealing to support his addiction.

Still shocked at the news of Mr McNulty's death, neighbours described the public housing block as dangerous.

"It's so sad," one neighbour told News Limited.

"He was struggling with his addiction, but he'd been clean for a while.

"He was on methadone and trying to get back on track."

Topics:  drugs harriet wran meth murder neville wran



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