Oland Resumes Testimony at Trial for Death of Multimillionaire Father

March 8, 2019 Updated: March 8, 2019

SAINT JOHN, N.B.—Dennis Oland is maintaining his innocence under cross-examination by Crown prosecutors questioning him about the death of his multimillionaire father in 2011.

Oland is facing questions about inconsistencies in the statement he gave police after his father’s bloodied body was discovered in his office in Saint John, N.B., on July 7, 2011.

Dennis Oland
Dennis Oland heads from the Law Courts as he continues his testimony in Saint John, N.B., on March 7, 2019. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

Oland says he was simply mistaken when he told police he was wearing a different jacket when he visited Richard Oland on the day of the killing.

He says he was also mistaken when he forgot to mention that he had gone back to the office a third time to pick up an item, adding that he made those errors because he was distraught about his father’s death.

The prosecution has suggested Dennis Oland killed his father in a fit of rage triggered by financial pressure.

Michael Lacy
Michael Lacy, a member of Dennis Oland’s defence team, heads to the Law Courts in Saint John, N.B., on March 7, 2019. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

He was charged with second-degree murder in 2013, but has said repeatedly he did not kill his father.

Oland was convicted in a jury trial in 2015, with that verdict set aside on appeal and the new trial ordered.

Dennis Oland, left, follows his lawyer Alan Gold
Dennis Oland, left, follows his lawyer Alan Gold and Oland family lawyer, Bill Teed, right, as he heads to the Law Courts to continue his testimony in Saint John, N.B., on March 7, 2019. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)
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