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Lawyers for Oland say they will appeal bail decision

Oland awaits appeal of his conviction for the second-degree murder of his father

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FREDERICTON — Defence lawyers for Dennis Oland say they plan to appeal this week’s decision to deny their client bail while he awaits appeal of his conviction for the second-degree murder of his father.

In an email, lawyer Alan Gold says they are in the process of preparing an application to the Chief Justice for leave to appeal the bail decision.

On Wednesday, Justice Marc Richard said Dennis Oland is not a danger to the public — but that’s not a good enough reason to grant him bail.

He said releasing Oland would undermine public faith in the justice system.

No convicted murderer has ever been granted bail while awaiting appeal in New Brunswick.

Oland was convicted in December in the July 2011 death of his millionaire father, Richard Oland in Saint John, and has begun serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 years.

The court has been told it would be at least October before an appeal of the conviction could be heard.

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