Harriet Wran, the murder-accused daughter of former NSW Premier Neville Wran, struggled with drugs and debt, and was often bailed-out by her father before his death in April.
According to a Fairfax report, Ms Wran had problems with drugs and alcohol from her early 20s, often disappearing for weeks leaving her father desperate to know her whereabouts.
The 26-year-old was charged with murder, attempted murder and aggravated break and enter this week in an alleged drug deal gone wrong, and is believed to have been sleeping rough and battling an ice addiction.
Ms Wran had a privileged upbringing, attended two of Sydney’s most prestigious private girl’s schools, Ascham and SCEGGS Darlinghurst.
Despite being left a share in her father’s $40 million estate, Ms Wran had been living on Centrelink payments of $560 a fortnight, and had no fixed address, according to a News Limited report.
A family friend said that Ms Wran had been in and out of rehabilitation clinics half a dozen times and suffered from anorexia.
It is alleged that she would often disappear for weeks, at one stage asking her father to pay off bikies who had abducted her.
When she was picked up on Wednesday by police, three days after her boyfriend and another man stabbed a drug dealer to death, Ms Wran was still wearing the same clothes and was carrying no cards, cash or ID.
Her barrister, Winston Terracini SC, indicated she would fight the charges.
“At this stage we’ll be pleading not guilty,” he said.