Community will lay former NSW cop to rest

Perry Duffin

A retired NSW Police officer, killed by a hammer strike in an alleged double homicide, will be farewelled in his southeast NSW home town of Bega this weekend.

Mick Horne, 54, died in hospital on June 4 - three days after Murray Deakin allegedly struck him in the head with a hammer while fleeing from an attack on his grandparents.

The distinguished former officer was allegedly attacked by Deakin as the 20-year-old stole his car, after allegedly stabbing his grandmother to death and grievously wounding his grandfather.

Mr Horne retired as a senior constable in 2009 after serving at Bega's traffic and highway patrol command.

He was awarded a medal for 15 years service to the force in 2004.

He will be farewelled at a public service at Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre on Saturday morning.

Online tributes said Mr Horne would be "greatly missed by so many".

"My thoughts are with your family, blue family and all of us friends who were blessed to have known you," one person said following his death.

"Gone way too soon!"