Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Richard Oland Crime Scene Was among Bloodiest Officer Had Seen, Court Hears

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Richard Oland Crime Scene Was among Bloodiest Officer Had Seen, Court Hears

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Oland crime scene among bloodiest: officer


SAINT JOHN, N.B. - A forensic identification officer with the Saint John police department says the scene of Richard Oland's murder was one of the bloodiest he had ever encountered.

Sgt. Mark Smith testified Wednesday some of the 40 blows to the businessman's head were caused by a hammer-type instrument while others were inflicted with a blade-like weapon.

Smith was under cross-examination by the defence in the second-degree murder trial of Dennis Oland in New Brunswick's Court of Queen's Bench.

Oland has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Smith says the blade-like weapon left wounds that were six to seven centimetres long, while the hammer-like impacts were round and about three centimetres in diameter.

Richard Oland, who was 69, was found lying in a pool of blood in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.

Defence lawyer Gary Miller asked Smith Wednesday, "Would you agree there was a great deal of force used?"

"It would be an opinion, yes," Smith replied.

The murder weapon has never been found.

Miller questioned Smith about a logbook that Maureen Adamson -- Richard Oland's secretary -- had given Dennis Oland on July 6, 2011 to deliver to his mother. During earlier testimony, Adamson had indicated the logbook was left on a table in the middle of the office.

The court has been shown pictures of blood spatter on that table, but Smith has testified all tests on the logbook were negative for the presence of blood.

Miller asked Smith whether the logbook would have blood on it if it had been in the office at the time of the murder.

"A possibility, yes," Smith answered.

Many of Miller's questions Wednesday focused on Smith's examination of Dennis Oland's silver Volkswagen Golf and a red reusable grocery bag in the trunk.

Smith said the car was searched for almost 16 hours and a number of different tests were conducted but there were no positive tests confirming any blood. …

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