For­mer Crown pros­e­cu­tor to probe po­lice han­dling of Oland mur­der

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

A for­mer Crown pros­e­cu­tor has been tasked with ex­am­in­ing the Saint John Po­lice Force’s han­dling of the Richard Oland mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Kath­leen Lor­don has been ap­pointed by the New Brunswick Po­lice Com­mis­sion to lead the re­view, which was launched in De­cem­ber at the re­quest of the Saint John Board of Po­lice Com­mis­sion­ers.

The re­view was an­nounced days af­ter a jury found Den­nis Oland guilty in the death of his fa­ther, whose body was found in his Saint John of­fice in July 2011.

The way Saint John po­lice con­ducted their in­ves­ti­ga­tion was a cen­tral is­sue dur­ing the sec­ond-de­gree mur­der trial, which be­gan in Septem­ber.

Jus­tice John Walsh re­minded ju­rors dur­ing his charge there was ev­i­dence that po­lice failed to pre­vent too many peo­ple from en­ter­ing Richard Oland’s of­fice af­ter his body was found and of­fi­cers al­lowed a sec­ond-floor wash­room to be used be­fore it could be foren­si­cally tested.

The court also heard po­lice didn’t en­sure the back door — a pos­si­ble exit from the crime scene — re­main un­touched be­fore it could be ex­am­ined.

The Fred­er­ic­ton-based po­lice com­mis­sion says the re­sults and any rec­om­men­da­tions will be for­warded to the provin­cial min­is­ter of pub­lic safety for con­sid­er­a­tion.

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