Newspaper article The Canadian Press

More Info in Richard Oland Homicide Investigation Will Be Released Next Week

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

More Info in Richard Oland Homicide Investigation Will Be Released Next Week

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More info to be released in Oland case


SAINT JOHN, N.B. - New Brunswick's chief provincial court judge ruled Friday that more information included in search warrants executed in the Richard Oland homicide investigation will be made public next week.

In his written decision, Judge R. Leslie Jackson said the Saint John police have not proven that the release of the information would compromise their investigation into the death of the prominent businessman.

"I have concluded that the police have not demonstrated a serious and specific risk to the investigative integrity of the Oland homicide investigation; indeed their position is based on vague and general assertions of risk," Jackson said in the 20-page decision.

"There has been no legal basis established for most of the redacting sought to be retained, such as the names and statements of persons who are neither suspects, persons of interest or subjects of search warrants."

However, Jackson said details specific to the crime scene would remain sealed.

"Information relating to the physical position and condition of the deceased's body when found, as well as the condition of the deceased's office and the location of any of the deceased's personal effects upon discovery of the body, shall be dedacted on the basis of it being hallmark evidence," he said, adding that is information that only the killer or killers would know.

He said the information will be released next Friday.

In August, Jackson ordered the release of seven heavily redacted search warrants along with related documents. They show that police believe Oland, 69, was murdered.

The also show that police seized 57 items from a home in the Saint John suburb of Rothesay that property records say is owned by Dennis Oland, Richard's son. Those items include legal papers, bank statements, garbage bags, bedding, clothing, a purple purse and a "note in a purse. …

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