Appeal of Dennis Oland”s conviction for murder of father enters second day


FREDERICTON — The lawyer for Dennis Oland is arguing that the jury”s verdict of guilty in his second-degree murder trial was unreasonable.

Alan Gold told a three member panel of the Court of Appeal in Fredericton that the case against his client was totally circumstantial, and relied on a persuasive argument from the Crown speculating on what they believed happened.

Oland”s father, multimillionaire Richard Oland was bludgeoned to death in his Saint John office in July 2011.

Chief Justice Ernest Drapeau has expressed concerns about speculation used by the Crown during the trial.

Today, Gold supplied the court with examples of case law dealing with speculation.

Oland”s lawyers are seeking acquittal or a new trial.