Oland po­lice in­ter­view shown in court

‘I have no rea­son to want my fa­ther dead, to kill him,’ Den­nis Oland told in­ves­ti­ga­tors

StarMetro Calgary - - CANADA & WORLD - Chris Mor­ris

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.


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