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Big turnout expected for policeman's funeral

Published: 6:37AM Wednesday May 13, 2009 Source: ONE News

Several thousand people are expected to attend the funeral service for slain policeman Len Snee on Wednesday afternoon, including the Prime Minister, the Police Minister and a number of MPs.

The full police farewell in Napier's Municipal Theatre comes nearly a week after Senior Constable Len Snee was shot dead by Jan Molenaar.

Police from around New Zealand are expected to attend, as well as eight police representatives from different states of Australia.

Constable Snee will be carried into the Theatre by family members and carried out by his police colleagues.
Following the service there will be a funeral procession through the streets of Napier, where police will form a guard of honour. The procession will be followed by a private cremation.
The other two policemen shot on Thursday are still in Hawke's Bay Hospital. Senior Constable Grant Diver is now stable but Senior Constable Bruce Miller remains in a critical condition.
The condition of neighbour Leonard Holmwood, who was also shot, has been downgraded from critical to serious.

Molenaar was found dead when police entered his house on Saturday.

The Police Families Charitable Trust has established a special fund for donations to assist the family of slain police officer Senior Constable Len Snee and others wounded during the Napier siege.

The Trust has set up an account with the Bank of New Zealand, Wellington Branch.

The account number is: 02 0500 0258403 00.