Supreme Court of Canada won’t hear Oland ap­peals

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

OT­TAWA — Den­nis Oland could soon be back in a New Brunswick court, fac­ing trial for the sec­ond-de­gree mur­der of his mul­ti­mil­lion­aire fa­ther all over again, but his lawyer says that’s just what they’re hop­ing for.

On Thurs­day, the Supreme Court of Canada dis­missed an ap­pli­ca­tion by the Crown to re­store Den­nis Oland’s con­vic­tion, while his lawyers had filed a cross-ap­peal seek­ing an ac­quit­tal. Both were de­nied.

The three-judge panel did not pro­vide rea­sons for the de­ci­sion.

“Den­nis is back in the same po­si­tion he was in when first charged. He’s pre­sumed in­no­cent and there will be a trial some­time in the fu­ture,” de­fence lawyer Alan Gold said from his Toronto of­fice.

Richard Oland, 69, was found face down in a pool of blood in his Saint John of­fice on July 7, 2011. An au­topsy showed he had suf­fered 45 sharp and blunt force blows to his head, neck and hands. A mur­der weapon was never found.

Dur­ing Den­nis Oland’s trial, court heard he was the last known per­son to see his fa­ther alive.

Den­nis Oland, a 49-year-old fi­nan­cial plan­ner and scion of one of the Mar­itimes’ most prom­i­nent fam­i­lies, was con­victed of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in 2015 and was sen­tenced to life in prison with no chance of pa­role for 10 years.

How­ever, he was re­leased on bail last Oc­to­ber when the New Brunswick Court of Ap­peal or­dered a new trial, cit­ing an er­ror in the trial judge’s in­struc­tions to the jury.

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