Witness Deposition for Inquest
CORONERS ACT 2006
Regarding the inquiry into the death of Senior Constable Leonard SNEE and Jan
I, Samuel Mark Hoyle, Superintendent of Police at Napier, having been sworn in or
affirming an oath to tell the truth
My full name is Samuel Mark Hoyle
I hold the rank of Superintendent and am District Commander in charge of the
Eastern Police District which includes Napier.
I have held this position for three years
On Thursday 7 May 2009 I was attending a Civil Defence Meeting at the War
Memorial Hall Napier when I was advised by phone call of an incident involving a
shooting of several Police Officers.
I immediately left the meeting and went to the Napier Police Station.
Inspector Michael O'Leary the District Operations Manager was also at the meeting
with me and he also returned to the Napier Police Station.
Once there I deployed Inspector O'Leary forward to the safe forward point (SFP)
which at that stage was at the corner of Carlyle and Faraday Streets Napier.
I assigned him the role of Forward Commander for the incident.
At the Napier Police Station I received a briefing from the Napier Area Commander,
Inspector Kevin Kalff and the Tactical Coordinator
regarding the information they had at the time of what had occurred.
The initial information that I was advised of was that Senior Constable Leonard
Snee had been shot and was deceased.
I was also advised that Senior Constables Grant Diver and Bruce Miller were
At that time the location of Senior Constable Diver was unclear.
I was further advised that a member of the public whose details we did not know at
the time had been shot and was injured.
My briefing included that police staff including Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) staff
were deployed forward in an attempt to extract the wounded parties and locate
Senior Constable Diver.
I was advised that the identity of the subject believed to be responsible was Jan
Molenaar born 7 April 1958.
At the time it was believed that he was contained at 41 Chaucer Road Napier and
was firing shots at police and members of the public.
I set up a command centre at the Napier Police Station on the first floor with the
assistance of other Napier staff.
I briefed Inspector Kalff to send a senior member of staff to attend each of the
officer's families and to remain with them as the operation unfolded to ensure they
were accurately informed of events prior to any media reports.
After being briefed I advised Police National Headquarters (PNHQ) of the incident.
I then further ensured that we had AOS from other parts of the country for support.
I was also provided with further assistance in terms of additional staff for cordons,
tactical deployment and the homicide inquiry.
At 10:28am I was advised that Senior Constable Diver had been located and
successfully evacuated from Chaucer Road and was enroute to Hawke's Bay
Hospital by helicopter.
At that time I immediately set about ensuring that we had sufficient resources to give
the operation some sustainability.
I also wanted to ensure that we had an accurate understanding of where our cordon
positions were placed to ensure the scene was safely contained.
This involved briefing Inspector Kalff to prepare long term cordon plans which
included ensuring they had sufficient staff.
to prepare evacuation plans and scenarios for the
schools that were located on Hospital Hill that would require evacuation.
I also ensured that a list of neighbours in the immediately vicinity of 41 Chaucer
Road was compiled to also assist with the evacuation plans.
Detective Superintendent Rod Drew was appointed as the Officer in Charge of the
Homicide Inquiry and was travelling from Wellington to take charge of this phase.
Early that afternoon the Central Region Special Tactics Group (STG) Commander,
arrived and took charge as the AOS Commander for the
At approximately 3.30pm I moved the command base for the operation from the
Napier Police Station to the local Army base situated on the corner of Thackeray
and Faraday Streets.
This base was used for the remainder of the operation until Molenaar's body was
At about 5pm that day Police Negotiating Team (PNT) Commander
arrived in Napier and took charge of the negotiations with Molenaar.
As the day progressed further Armed Offenders Squads from the Wellington,
Central, and Bay of Plenty Districts arrived to support the operation.
They were further supported by STG staff from Auckland, Wellington and
As the operation developed the initial response and evacuation of the wounded
moved into a standard cordon, containment and voice appeal operation.
This is standard operating procedure for armed offender incidents.
This involved outer General Duties Branch (GDB) cordons and an inner AOS
The operation structure remained as such until its conclusion at approximately
1.00pm on Saturday 9 May 2009.
The structure consisted of as myself as the Operation Commander with the following
Tactical Commander -
PNT Commander -
Forward General Duties Commander – Inspector O’Leary
Officer in Charge, Homicide Investigation - Detective Superintendent Inspector
Napier Area Commander - Inspector Kalff
[Witness to produce organisation chart]
The dynamic operation lasted for approximately 50 hours and my role as Operation
Commander was relieved during the nightshift on the 7 and 8 May by the Central
District Commander, Superintendent Russell Gibson.
After the cordon and containment operation was set the Police Negotiating Team
followed standard operating procedures with attempts to contact Molenaar.
As previously stated
took charge of this phase from the time of his
arrival at 5pm on the 7 May 2009.
For the remainder of the operation I received took regularly briefings from each of
the phase O/C's regarding their progress and gave direction where required
regarding further action or resourcing required to provide sustainability to the
operation through to its conclusion.
I also maintained communication with Senior Police Executive, the Commissioner of
Police and the Police Ministers Office through Police National Headquarters.
As the operation progressed I ensured plans were in place for the conclusion of the
tactical phase of the operation and the subsequent handover to Detective
Superintendent Drew to continue with the homicide investigation phase.
This included the reduction and then removal of cordons and allowing repatriation of
Following the locating of Molenaar's body on Saturday 7 May 2009 a further 24
hours elapsed during which time Ministry of Defence explosive experts and police
specialist search group (SSG) members cleared the 41 Chaucer Road scene to
make it safe for the homicide team to conduct the scene examination.
Dated at ……………………….
This …………………..day of
Signature of witness.