Dennis Oland told police he had no involvement in father’s murder

During an interview with police the day Richard Oland's body was found, Dennis Oland said he wasn't involved in the murder and had no reason to kill his father.

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — During an interview with police the day Richard Oland’s body was found, Dennis Oland said he wasn’t involved in the murder and had no reason to kill his father.

The jury in the younger Oland’s murder trial is being shown video of the interview conducted by officers with the Saint John Police Force on July 7, 2011, the day Richard Oland’s body was found lying face down in a pool of blood in his Canterbury Street office.

Dennis Oland, 47, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder.

In the video, Oland said his father would often argue with him and say hurtful things.

But when Const. Stephen Davidson of the Saint John Police Force asked whether he had any involvement in his father’s death, Oland replied, “No.”

“I have no reason to want my father dead.”

Oland said his father had “pissed off a lot of people,” but he couldn’t think of anyone who would want him dead.

Asked to describe his movements the day before Richard Oland’s body was found, Dennis said he first arrived at his father’s office around 5:15 p.m. on July 6, 2011, but realized he had forgotten some genealogy documents at his own office.

He left, but realized that he didn’t have the pass to get back into his office building and decided he had enough documents for his meeting with his father.

He said he arrived again at his father’s office at about 5:30 p.m., where his father’s secretary, Maureen Adamson, was finishing up for the day. She left 10 to 15 minutes later.

Oland said he left about an hour later, making one stop at a local wharf, and then went home.

Asked if he could suggest who might have killed his father, Oland told Davidson perhaps a vindictive ex-girlfriend or a crack-head looking for money.

Davidson asked Oland what he had been wearing that day. Oland said tan pants, dress shirt and navy blazer.

The jury also heard Crown attorney P.J. Veniot read an agreed statement of facts into the record, telling them that by 8:22 p.m. on the day of the police interview Oland became a suspect in the murder. After becoming a suspect, Oland was told that search warrants would be issued for his home.

Court has heard that Richard Oland, who was 69, was struck more than 40 times in the head with a hammer-type instrument and a blade-like weapon.

Just Posted

Red Deer RCMP ready for new mandatory alcohol screening law

Red Deer RCMP are ready to enforce a new law intended to… Continue reading

Bentley family left without a home grateful for community support

Central Albertans are coming together to support a family left homeless after… Continue reading

‘My nightmare began again’: Close call as bus carrying Humboldt crash survivor rear-ended

CALGARY — A terrifying ordeal for Humboldt Broncos survivor Ryan Straschnitzki this… Continue reading

Annual pace of housing starts picked up in November, tops expectations

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of… Continue reading

China pressures US, Canada ahead of Huawei hearing

BEIJING — China raised the pressure on the United States and Canada… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer and District Kennel Club Dog Show at Westerner Park

The Red Deer and District Kennel Club is holding a dog show… Continue reading

Orlando SC acquires Canadian Tesho Akindele in trade with FC Dallas for cash

ORLANDO, Fla. — Canadian forward Tesho Akindele was traded to Orlando City… Continue reading

Koskinen notches third shutout, McDavid gets winner as Oilers blank Flames 1-0

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers appear to have shored up their defence… Continue reading

Beyonce performs at pre-wedding party in India

Beyonce brought her star power to a pre-wedding party for the daughter… Continue reading

Kirk Douglas celebrates 102nd birthday

LOS ANGELES — Actor Kirk Douglas got to celebrate his 102nd birthday… Continue reading

Ellen Page steps up attack on Nova Scotia pulp mill’s effluent pipeline

HALIFAX — Hollywood actor Ellen Page is doubling down on her criticism… Continue reading

Pence aide out of running to be Trump’s next chief of staff

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top pick to replace chief of staff… Continue reading

Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain… Continue reading

‘I killed my best friend’: Opioids’ fatal grip on mayor, pal

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old,… Continue reading

Most Read