Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Supreme Court of Canada to Rule Thursday on Bail Issue in Oland Murder Case

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Supreme Court of Canada to Rule Thursday on Bail Issue in Oland Murder Case

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Supreme Court to rule on Oland bail question

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FREDERICTON - The Supreme Court of Canada will rule this week whether New Brunswick's Court of Appeal was wrong in denying bail to Dennis Oland while he was awaiting an appeal of his second-degree murder conviction.

"This is a big deal. It has been decades since the Supreme Court of Canada has taken on the issue of bail pending appeal," said Nicole O'Byrne, a law professor at the University of New Brunswick.

"This case gives the court the opportunity to come in and clarify the law."

Oland, 49, was denied bail by the New Brunswick Court of Appeal early last year following his conviction in the murder of his father, well-known businessman Richard Oland. The 69-year-old was bludgeoned to death in his Saint John office in 2011.

But Dennis Oland was subsequently granted bail by the same court last October, when his lawyers appealed his conviction and a new trial was ordered. He had spent 11 months in prison.

A new trial is not expected until at least 2018.

Even though Dennis Oland had been released on bail, his lawyers proceeded with arguments before the Supreme Court in an effort to get clarity on the issue of bail pending appeal in murder cases.

They say it is rare in Canada -- finding none in New Brunswick and only 34 cases in Canada. …

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