Oland police interview shown in court
‘I have no reason to want my father dead, to kill him,’ Dennis Oland told investigators
SAINT JOHN, N.B.—A talkative Dennis Oland chatted with police at length about his relationship with his difficult dad, Richard, initially unaware that investigators were narrowing in on him as the prime suspect in his father’s murder.
Video of the police interview with Dennis Oland on July 7, 2011, the day Richard Oland’s bludgeoned body was discovered, was shown Thursday at Oland’s retrial for the second-degree murder.
Oland’s defence team had tried to get the video excluded prior to the trial, but Justice Terrence Morrison of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench allowed it to remain in evidence. This second trial of Oland, whose 2015 conviction was set aside on appeal, is proceeding before Justice Morrison alone.
In the video, entered into Dennis Oland chatted with police at length about his tense relationship with his father, unaware he was a suspect in his murder case. ANDREW VAUGHAN/THE CANADIAN PRESS
evidence by Crown prosecutor P.J. Veniot, Oland denies having anything to do with his father’s death.
“I have no reason to want my father dead, to kill him,” Oland tells Const. Stephen Davidson of Saint John police in the video.
“No, I mean, we’ve had our ... things. But no, I wouldn’t rob someone of the fun that
they’re having and, you know, I ... he’s just ... no.”
The trial has heard already that 69-year-old Richard Oland was having fun. Worth an estimated $37 million, the former executive of Moosehead Breweries Ltd. and member of the prominent Maritime beer-making family was having a new racing yacht built in Spain.
Oland tells Davidson in the video his dad was in great health and still enjoyed racing yachts, skiing and fishing. Oland also said he had become aware, along with other members of the family, of an extramarital relationship his father was having and added that one of his sisters had discovered a jar of Richard’s Viagra.
Oland tells the police officer he discussed the affair with a family friend about a year before the murder. He said he told the friend he “should tell Dick that people know and it should stop.”
Sitting across from each other in a cramped police interview room in Saint John, Davidson asked Oland if he ever sailed with his dad.
“He’s just a real hard guy to be on a boat with, so we just stopped,” Oland said in the interview.
“Put you to work, huh?” Davidson asked.
“Well, it’s just, no. He just barks and barks and barks. He pushed the wrong buttons sometimes,” he said.