Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Bulletin: Dennis Oland; New Brunswick; He has been denied bail while awaiting murder conviction appeal: Court of Appeal justice says releasing Oland would undermine public's confidence in justice system..."The defence contends the trial judge erred in allowing certain evidence, such as Oland's blood-stained jacket, to be admitted, and in his instructions to the jury. They are seeking to have the conviction quashed, and either an acquittal entered or a retrial ordered." CBC News;

"Dennis Oland has been denied the bail release he was seeking as he waits to appeal his second-degree murder conviction in the 2011 slaying of his father, New Brunswick multimillionare Richard Oland. Court of Appeal Justice J.C. Marc Richard delivered the decision not to grant bail on Wednesday afternoon in Fredericton, in front of a packed courtroom. Bail has never been granted to a convicted murderer in New Brunswick......... The defence contends the trial judge erred in allowing certain evidence, such as Oland's blood-stained jacket, to be admitted, and in his instructions to the jury. They are seeking to have the conviction quashed, and either an acquittal entered or a retrial ordered.........The body of Richard Oland, 69, was discovered lying face down in a pool of blood in his Saint John investment firm office on July 7, 2011. He had suffered 45 sharp and blunt force injuries to his head, neck and hands. No weapon was ever found. His only son was the last known person to see him alive during a meeting at his office the night before. Oland told police he was wearing a navy blazer that night, but video surveillance and witness testimony showed he was wearing a brown jacket. A brown jacket seized from him bedroom closet a week later was found to have three small bloodstains on it and the DNA extracted from those areas matched his father's DNA profile."