Judge to decide if Dennis Oland will stand trial in father's death

Judge has placed publication ban on evidence presented at the hearing

Andrew Vaughan/CP

Andrew Vaughan/CP

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – A judge in New Brunswick will decide today whether Dennis Oland should stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his father.

Richard Oland was found dead in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.

The 69-year-old was a prominent businessman, an officer of the Order of Canada and part of the well-known Maritime family that owns Moosehead Breweries.

He left the company in the 1980s, went on to work in the trucking business and served as a director of a number of firms including Ganong Bros. and the United Way of Greater Saint John.

Dennis Oland, who was arrested about a year ago and granted bail, had a preliminary inquiry that lasted 37 days and heard from 42 witnesses.

Judge Ronald LeBlanc of the provincial court placed a publication ban on the evidence presented at the hearing.

LeBlanc must decide whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Saint John police Chief Bill Reid said last November that Richard Oland died after repeated blows, but he wouldn’t elaborate.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Oland was a member of the Order of Canada.

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