A former Holbrook police officer who was killed after being struck in the head with a hammer in a brutal attack on the NSW’s south coast, has been described as “one of the nicest people imaginable”.
Michael (Mick) Horne, 54, died in hospital on Sunday afternoon after he was allegedly attacked by Murray Deakin, 20, in Bournda near Bega on Friday.
Deakin appeared in Batemans Bay Local Court on Monday charged with two counts of murder and two counts of wounding with intent to murder.
Police allege the rampage began about 3.30pm on Friday when Deakin stabbed his grandparents at their home, before attacking Mr Horne during a carjacking.
Holbrook stalwart Robbie Mackinlay said Mr Horne lived in the town for more than a decade – his wife, Mel, running the Kookaburra’s Delight, and Mick working as an “old-fashioned” highway patrol officer.
“He handled everyone with respect, commonsense and with a nice touch of social awareness,” Mr Mackinlay said. “He was a very popular member of the community in his time in Holbrook.”
Mr Horne retired as a senior constable in 2009 and received a medal in 2004.