Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dennis Oland Murder Trial: Prosecutors Try to Build Timeline in Father's Killing

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dennis Oland Murder Trial: Prosecutors Try to Build Timeline in Father's Killing

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Prosecutors try to build timeline in Oland killing

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Patterns of use on electronic devices in Richard Oland's office are being scrutinized by Crown prosecutors in an attempt to pinpoint what time the multi-millionaire was bludgeoned to death.

Oland's son, Dennis, is on trial in Saint John for the second-degree murder of his father on July 6, 2011, and key to his defence is the uncertainty surrounding the actual time of the killing.

Dennis is the last known person to have seen his father alive. He visited Richard at his uptown Saint John office late in the afternoon of July 6, staying an hour and leaving at about 6:30 p.m. He then headed home to the suburb of Rothesay on the outskirts of the port city.

A central question in the case: Was his father dead when he left? Or did he die later, in accordance with an earlier witness at the trial who said he heard loud thumps and crashes coming from Richard Oland's second floor office sometime between 7:30 and 8 p.m. that night?

The later time would exclude Dennis Oland, 50, as the killer. He was caught on security video shopping with his wife, Lisa, in Rothesay at that time.

Cell phone and computer experts on the stand at Oland's trial on Thursday said computers in Richard Oland's office fell idle shortly after Dennis arrived for his visit at around 5:30.

Payman Hakimian, who is with the RCMP's technological crimes unit in Fredericton, told the trial the last key stroke on Richard's personal computer was at 5:39 p.m. on July 6, 2011.

Under questioning by defence lawyer Alan Gold, Hakimian said his analysis cannot detect more subtle computer activity, such as using the up and down arrows on a keyboard to scroll through material.

Hakimian also told Gold that he downloaded hundreds of pages of data from Dennis Oland's home computers as well as those of Richard Oland. …

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