Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Expert Says Oland Killer Would Have Significant Amount of Blood on Them

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Expert Says Oland Killer Would Have Significant Amount of Blood on Them

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Lots of blood on Oland killer: expert

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. - The person who killed Richard Oland would have had a significant amount of blood on their hands and clothes, a blood spatter expert testified Thursday as defence lawyers for Dennis Oland began making their case in the lengthy murder trial.

Dennis Oland has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in the July 6, 2011 death of his father, a well-known New Brunswick businessman, whose family operates Moosehead Breweries.

Oland's badly beaten body was found in a pool of blood on the floor of his Saint John office the next day.

He had suffered 40 blunt and sharp force blows to his head and neck, and another six sharp force blows to his hands.

Patrick Laturnus, a retired forensic specialist for the RCMP and now a consultant, said he examined all the forensic evidence from the case including the hundreds of blood spatter stains that radiated 360 degrees around the victim's body.

Laturnus said he would expect there would be significant spatter on the assailant.

"There would have been so much blood on the jacket you would have been able to see it in a photograph," he said.

The trial heard during the Crown's case that there were three confirmed blood stains on Dennis Oland's jacket that were very small in size and hard to detect because of the colour of the material.

Laturnus said there's no way to determine how that blood got on the jacket or how old it was.

Under cross-examination, Crown prosecutor P.J. Veniot asked Laturnus if he could be wrong about the amount of blood on the assailant.

"No," Laturnus replied.

"Are you saying the assailant would have enough blood on them that they would be concerned about visible staining?," Veniot asked.

"Yes I am," Laturnus answered.

Laturnus said based on patterns in the blood spatter, the attack on Oland started while the victim was seated in his chair and ended when he was on the floor. …

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