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No bloodstains found in Dennis Oland’s car, officer tells murder trial

January 15, 2019 6:14 PM
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SAINT JOHN, N.B.—Although it was dirty and appeared not to have been cleaned, the car Dennis Oland was driving the evening his father, Richard, was murdered did not produce any suspicious bloodstains, a Saint John court was told Tuesday.

Sgt. Mark Smith is on the stand this week at Dennis Oland’s second-degree murder trial, describing in minute detail the many objects he collected from the crime scene and the search for evidence in and on items belonging to the accused.

Dennis Oland, 50, an investment adviser, is on trial for a second time for the bludgeoning death of his multimillionaire father, Richard, a member of the prominent Maritime beer-brewing family. He is the last known person to have seen his father alive on July 6, 2011.

Oland has pleaded not guilty. This is a retrial, since an earlier conviction was overturned on appeal and the new trial ordered.

Saint John police seized Dennis Oland’s Volkswagen Golf on July 14, 2011, a week after Richard’s body was found lying on the floor of his Saint John office in a pool of blood. He had been struck more than 40 times, mostly on the head, with both a sharp and blunt instrument.


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