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LIVE UPDATES: Officer has to order other police officers away from crimes in Holland, hearing heard



Chris Morris, Canadian Press

Posted Friday, November 30, 2018 12:45 AM EST

Last Updated on Friday, November 30 2018 1:41 AM EST

SAJT JOHN, N.B. – The ruthless body of multi-millionaire Richard Holmes has attracted the unwanted attention of several police officers from Saint John who visited the venue just to be able to look at it, Dennis Oland's murder trial was announced on Friday.

"I have been ordering them to come out of my crime scene," Sgt. Mark Smith said he described finding two unauthorized officers near the body on the day it was discovered, July 7, 2011.

Smith was an officer in charge of collecting forensic evidence at the horrific murder site at Richard John Oland, a 69-year-old businessman and former executive director of Moosehead Breweries Ltd. which was beaten by 6 July 2011.

Photos show how Oland was lying at the end of his writing desk, and the skull was broken with a replica rifle that was never found. There is a large pool of blood radiating around the upper half of the body.

Oland's only son, Dennis, 50, is being sentenced for second-degree murder. This is the second Dutch trial – the jury ruling at the first trial in 2015 was postponed by appeal.

Prosecutors told the court that this was the murder of "anger" caused by serious financial problems by Dennis Oland. The defense claims that Dennis, who held his innocence unresponsively, was the victim of a police investigation and a rush to judgment.

The two officers who attracted Smith's indignation were Inspector Glen McCloskey, later deputy chief of police, Saint John and now a retired, and Const. Greg Oram. It was McCloskey's second visit to the scene of that day and he admitted during the first trial that he was simply out of the "curiosity" for the second time.

McCloskey's behavior was the subject of a first investigation by the New Brunswick Police Commission after the other officer said the deputy boss wanted him not to file a trial of his presence at the crime scene. However, a more detailed inquiry was dismissed after McCloskey retired.

Smith said the two officers went when he ordered them.

The defense seeks out the outstanding issues of police officers who testify at trial, indicating failure due to deep analysis in terms of preventing the contamination of the crime, and failure to properly investigate such areas as a possible way to escape from the back door and the toilet.

Smith did not look at defense lawyers on Friday. Later he will take his stand.

Two other policemen at the booth on Friday, Const. Rob Carlisle and Const. Don Weber, described the work they did during the Oland investigation in the trial of Crown Prosecutor P.J. Veniot.

Both had the task of looking for possible evidence, including anything that could be a murder weapon, and they also collected video footage from nearby businesses.

Carlisle stated that he had been told to look for a video from a manhole from July 6, 2011, especially when it shows all individuals wearing beige pants, about 5 feet high and the height of the dark skirt.

"There was no name," Carlisle said in court.

Dennis Oland was caught on camera on July 6, 2011, wearing beige pants and brown jacket. He has been visiting his father since then and was the last known person to see Richard Holland.


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