Murray Hearne was 18 when a foiled drug deal with off-duty police saw him stab two police officers in Sydney, killing one and critically injuring the other.
Constable Peter Forsyth was a father-of-two, a much-loved husband and well-respected police officer.
On that fatal night in 1998, Hearne took a knife to Forsyth’s heart, stabbing him twice and ending his life in the most violent manner.
Forsyth was walking home from after-work drinks, was unarmed and went to arrest Hearne upon being offered ecstasy from the then teenager.
He did not come out of the scuffle alive. But today, Hearne walks free.
In revelations set to air on tonight's Murder Uncovered on Channel 7, Hearne spent 16 years in jail for the Sydney police officer's murder before walking free in March 2014. He was released nine years early, after an initial sentence of 27 years was reduced on appeal.
While behind bars, Hearne engaged in a romantic affair with his prison psychologist, Bobbie Bergmeier. The pair now live in Wagga Wagga and have a baby together.
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Forsyth's two children, Mitchell and Brodie — who have been without their father for 19 years — have no desire to have anything to do with their father's killer, nor are they interested in thinking about him.