This week Murder Undercover looks at the 1998 stabbing of a police officer who was trying to arrest a man for drug dealing in Ultimo.
They were unarmed and off duty. Two police officers out for a couple of beers to welcome a new young recruit to their inner city police station. But as the three leave the hotel they are confronted by a young man offering to sell them drugs. They detain him to check his ID when the 18 year old pulls a knife.
Desperate to avoid arrest, Murray Hearne stabs Constable Peter Forsyth twice in the heart, and his colleague Jason Semple twice in the stomach. Peter is killed carrying out his sworn oath as a police officer, just metres from his home where his wife and two young children slept. Jason is left for dead but miraculously survives the senseless attack. Hearne and his three cowardly mates flee the scene, sparking a massive manhunt.
Murder Uncovered takes you inside the police investigation as senior detectives pull out all stops to catch the cop killer. Using every available police resource, they finally track Hearne down. He’s arrested at his girlfriend’s flat after hours on the phone making a chilling confession to a newspaper reporter in the hope of convincing that he had acted in self defence.
For the first time you will hear from the arresting police officers, paramedics, Constable Forsyth’s children and the killer himself. And the courage of his widow as she confronts the man who killed him, hear the stunning promise she forced him to give.
For the first time you will see secret surveillance tapes, the moments before the slaying, the dramatic manhunt, the arrest. What we’ve uncovered brings Australia’s toughest police officers to tears.
And for the very first time how a father turns on his own son when he thought he was going to get away with murder.
Jason Semple went on to a stellar career as a police officer but the father of two still has to fight his demons as he recalls how a quiet night with mates changed his life forever.
Hearne served his time behind bars and is now back in the community, free and living the life he took from others with his wife and child. He struck up a relationship in the most unlikely of places, entangled in a prison affair. See his reaction as we ask him for his side of the story.
Murder Uncovered is a breakthrough investigative crime series that will blow wide open some of the worst, most infamous cases of killings and crimes in Australian criminal history.
Featuring award-winning journalist Michael Usher, each episode will examine a different case that enraged and engaged the country, presenting new evidence, major breakthroughs and fresh leads that will have you questioning everything. Just when you thought you knew it all…
MURDER UNCOVERED airs 9pm Tonight on Seven