TV ONE’s epic Sunday Theatre – The Audi New Zealand Season continues with Siege, a dramatisation based on the real and shocking Napier gunman who stopped New Zealand in its tracks.
In 2009, three policemen arrived at an address in Napier to serve a search warrant on Jan Molenaar (Mark Mitchinson, Rage) for the growing of cannabis. What was meant to be an ordinary procedure turned into three of New Zealand’s darkest days and ended with one police officer dead, two officers critically injured and a member of the public fighting for his life.
Over 53 hours, Molenaar made a permanent and devastating imprint upon the national psyche of New Zealand as he changed the lives of individuals, families, a police community, and a city. The siege was one of the worst and unexpected cases of violence both Napier and New Zealand had witnessed and it was all the more shocking because of its ordinary suburban backdrop.
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