Thursday, January 7, 2016

Dennis Oland; Saskatchewan: Commentary; Les MacPherson writes in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix that the recent murder conviction is less than convincing; (Must Read. HL);

STORY: "Oland conviction is less than convincing," by Les Macpherson, published  by the Star Phoenix on January 5, 2015.

GIST: "It usually is unwise to second-guess a jury verdict, but sometimes you have to wonder: What could they have been thinking? Such is the case with the second-degree murder conviction in St. John, N.B. of Dennis Oland, 47, descendant of a family famous in the province for establishing Moosehead Beer. Jury or not, the verdict does not make sense.........Last seen together by the father’s secretary on a Friday evening just before she left for the day, father and son then were amiably discussing a family genealogy project. Dennis testified he left soon thereafter with his father still at his desk, alive and well. Of anything like anger between them, there was no evidence. Richard Oland’s body was found the next Monday morning. He had been attacked from behind, knocked to the floor and struck 45 times with what police think was a drywall hammer, a specialized tool combining a hatchet blade and a hammer head. Both left deep impressions in the victim’s skull. The weapon has never been found or in any way connected to Dennis Oland. Crime-scene carnage, according to uncontested expert evidence, would have left the perpetrator bespattered in blood. And yet Dennis when he left the meeting with his father appeared typically neat and tidy on security cameras and to witnesses. Police found no blood in the car he drove away from the meeting or on a portfolio or bag he had with him. The pants and shoes he wore likewise were devoid of blood.
Four nearly microscopic specks of the father’s blood were found on a sport jacket Dennis wore that day, but the father was a tactile man who chewed his cuticles and had suffered from a bleeding rash on his scalp. Four specks of transferred blood were more consistent with that explanation that with what amounts to an axe murder. Police blundering rendered suspect even those tiny flecks of evidence. The jacket had been handled when it was taken from Dennis Oland’s closet and stuffed into a paper bag by an officer without sterile gloves.........That investigating police now themselves are being investigated by New Brunswick’s police commission for their lamentable handling of the case is not reassuring. Among other blunders, a back door to the office opening onto a back alley was left unlocked and unattended by police for days after the murder. By then they had used the door and smeared any fingerprints that might have been on it. Police conceded at trial that the back door was a more likely escape route for the killer than the front door that opened onto a busy street and through which Dennis had departed. That was just the start of it. Almost unbelievably, attending police for two days used an office bathroom where the killer might have washed before it was examined, fruitlessly, for forensic evidence. Even worse, after contamination of evidence became an issue, an investigating officer testified that he was urged by a senior officer not to reveal that the senior officer had been unnecessarily present at the crime scene."

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