Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Son Is Suspect in Slaying of New Brunswick Businessman Richard Oland: Documents

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Son Is Suspect in Slaying of New Brunswick Businessman Richard Oland: Documents

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Son is suspect in Oland's slaying: documents


SAINT JOHN, N.B. - The suspect in the slaying of New Brunswick businessman Richard Oland is his son Dennis, say search warrant documents that were executed in the investigation.

A Saint John, N.B., judge quashed on Friday a publication ban on the identities of those subject to the search warrants.

Dennis Oland's property in Rothesay, N.B., a suburb of Saint John, was searched after his father's death nearly two years ago.

In a document that was used to obtain the search warrant, a local police officer identified Dennis Oland as the suspect in the case.

"I believe that Dennis Oland is responsible for the death of Richard Oland," said Const. Stacy Humphrey in the sworn document dated July 13, 2011.

Dennis Oland has not been charged and no arrests have been made since Oland was found dead.

Saint John police and the lawyer for Dennis Oland didn't return messages Friday seeking comment.

The search warrants showed that police seized 57 items from Dennis Oland's home. Those items include legal papers, bank statements, garbage bags, bedding, clothing, a purple purse and a "note in a purse."

The CBC and Brunswick News applied for the search warrants to be unsealed. Last October, portions of those search warrants were released, which said police had a suspect in mind who was "experiencing financial hardships" and owed Oland, 69, more than $500,000.

The documents also said police believe the suspect had a financial motive to kill Oland.

The two news outlets later asked the courts to unseal the identities of people who were subject to the search warrants, arguing the decision to keep that information under wraps was unreasonable because their names were previously reported.

Lawyers for the Oland family argued they were already subject to a great deal of media scrutiny, and while their names were already reported on prior to the publication ban, they felt they were entitled to privacy.

But in a decision released Friday, Judge William T. …

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