Richard Oland homicide investigation not energetic: Saint John police chief

FREDERICTON — The Saint John Police Power mentioned Wednesday it’s not actively investigating the 2011 killing of multimillionaire businessman Richard Oland regardless of final month’s acquittal of Oland’s son on a cost of second-degree homicide within the case.

Police Chief Bruce Connell made the assertion the day after New Brunswick’s Public Prosecution Companies introduced they will not appeal Dennis Oland’s acquittal.

Dennis Oland was charged within the bludgeoning loss of life of his father in Saint John, N.B. He spent near a 12 months in jail after being convicted by a jury in 2015. That verdict was overturned on attraction in 2016, and his second trial earlier than decide alone resulted in a ruling of not responsible July 19.

Justice Terrence Morrison of the New Brunswick Court docket of Queen’s Bench discovered that Crown prosecutors didn’t show their case in opposition to Oland past an affordable doubt.

Defence lawyer Alan Gold has mentioned his shopper was the sufferer of police tunnel imaginative and prescient. After the ruling he known as on the Saint John power to “reinvigorate” its investigation and “discover the true perpetrators of this horrible, horrible crime.” However the police chief says the investigation is finished.

“It’s the operate of the Saint John Police Power to finish an investigation then flip the file over to the Crown prosecutor’s workplace. The Crown decides if there’s adequate proof to warrant a cost, as was performed with this case,” Connell mentioned in an announcement.

“Our investigators labored intently with the Crown prosecutors assigned to this file, each through the preliminary investigation and the comply with up.”

Connell mentioned whereas the investigation is not energetic, police will think about any extra data or proof that involves their consideration.


Richard Oland, 69, was overwhelmed to loss of life in his Saint John workplace on July 6, 2011, his cranium shattered by repeated blows from a weapon that was by no means discovered.

In the course of the trial, the court docket heard that at the least 19 Saint John officers entered the crime scene on the day the physique was found — a parade defence lawyer Gold likened to a sightseeing tour. Lots of the officers didn’t put on protecting coverings, particularly on their ft, regardless of the bloody scene.

The defence requested pointed questions of cops testifying on the trial, suggesting there was a failure to forestall contamination of the crime scene and a failure to correctly look at such areas as a potential again door escape route and an workplace washroom.

The New Brunswick Police Fee, an unbiased civilian oversight physique, has but to determine if it is going to evaluation the Saint John Police Power’s dealing with of the investigation.

“We’re figuring out the way to proceed within the public curiosity,” Jennifer Smith, the fee’s government director, mentioned in an announcement. “That is an energetic, ongoing, necessary file for the fee, and we need to rigorously assess all related data.”

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She mentioned a part of that dedication will hinge on suggestions of an unbiased evaluation of the fee itself. Alphonse MacNeil, a retired assistant commissioner with the RCMP, was appointed in Could to conduct a evaluation of the fee’s insurance policies, practices and procedures. Outcomes are anticipated quickly.