New Brunswick police commission to probe police handling of Oland murder

FREDERICTON -- An investigator is being appointed to examine how the Saint John police force handled the Richard Oland murder.

See Full Article

The announcement was made Tuesday on the website of the New Brunswick Police Commission, which says it's acting at the request of the Saint John board of police commissioners.

The way Saint John police conducted their investigation was a central issue during the second-degree murder trial, which began in September.

A jury found Dennis Oland guilty Saturday of killing his father.

Justice John Walsh reminded jurors during his charge there was evidence that police failed to prevent too many people from entering Richard Oland's office after his body was found and officers allowed a second-floor washroom to be used before it could be forensically tested.

The court also heard police didn't ensure the back door -- a possible exit from the crime scene -- remain untouched before it could be examined.

Steve Roberge, the executive director of the Fredericton-based commission, said in a telephone interview that his investigators have been asked to look into the concerns raised by Walsh in his address to the jury.

He also said the inquiry can go beyond the issues of the crime scene and look at any issues relevant to police performance in the high-profile investigation, including the use of search warrants.

Roberge said many of the issues have already been dealt with by the force.

"We've been talking about this for a while now. ... We have been assured that since 2011 there have been a lot of changes on how the Saint John police force operates, a lot of them for the better," he said.

"A lot of the issues raised in the Oland trial have long since been addressed and our role is really to confirm that ... and if we happen to note any issues that require the public's attention we'll be happy to share that with the (Saint John police) chief as well."

The results and any recommendations will be forwarded to the provincial minister of Public Safety for consideration, but there is no set timeline for completion.

Roberge said an investigation of deputy chief Glen McCloskey requested in October following the testimony of a former police officer is a separate matter and is already underway.

Former staff sergeant Mike King alleged in his testimony at the Oland trial that McCloskey had entered the crime scene on July 7, 2011. King also testified that McCloskey, then an inspector, later asked him not to tell the court the senior officer had been there.

McCloskey denied the allegation when he testified.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • South Korea relieved about Trump-Kim summit revival efforts

    World News CTV News
    This combination of two file photos shows U.S. President Donald Trump, left, in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 5, 2018 and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, in Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Korea Summit Press Pool via AP) Source
  • Mysterious wolf-like creature shot and killed in Montana

    World News CBC News
    A rancher in central Montana shot a wolf-like animal after it was spotted in a pasture with livestock, but a closer look prompted state wildlife officials to take DNA samples to determine what type of animal it was. Source
  • CTV's Kevin Newman honoured with RTDNA President's Award

    Canada News CTV News
    W5 host and managing editor Kevin Newman was honoured with the Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada’s prestigious President’s Award at a gala in Toronto Friday night. “For more than 30 years Kevin Newman has contributed his valuable insights and extraordinary storytelling abilities to audiences on both sides of the border,” RTDNA president Ian Koenigsfest said in an earlier statement announcing the award. Source
  • Recovery begins for flood evacuees from Grand Forks, B.C.

    Canada News CTV News
    GRAND FORKS, B.C. -- Emergency personnel in Grand Forks, B.C., say the recovery process has begun in the community of 4,000, which was hardest hit by this year's flooding. Evacuation orders have been lifted for all but 12 properties in the community. Source
  • White House wants briefing on classified info: Giuliani

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump's legal team wants a briefing on the classified information shared with lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and may take it to the Justice Department as part of an effort to scuttle the ongoing special counsel probe. Source
  • Edmonton man gored by bison in Elk Island National Park

    Canada News CBC News
    A morning run in Elk Island National Park left Craig Neilson with about six stitches in his butt and an incredible story about being attacked by a bison. "How does that even happen? You got charged by a bison?" said Neilson, who admitted he has been subjected to "a lot of butt jokes" since sharing his story. Source
  • Sask. judge rules province must allow people to remove gender markers from birth certificates

    Canada News CBC News
    On Thursday, a Saskatchewan judge ruled that the province must amend current policy to allow people of all ages to change or remove the gender on their birth certificates. Justice Lana Krogan issued the decision Thursday at Regina's Court of Queen's Bench. Source
  • Librarian dies after brutal daytime beating in Ottawa

    Canada News CTV News
    A 59-year-old woman who was found clinging to life after a vicious beating at a Christian Science Reading Room in downtown Ottawa has died from her injuries, police say. There are currently no suspects in the brazen, daytime attack. Source
  • White NAACP leader who pretended to be black is charged with welfare fraud

    World News CBC News
    A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unravelled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud. Nkechi Diallo, known as Rachel Dolezal before she legally changed her name in 2016, was charged this week with theft by welfare fraud, perjury and false verification for public assistance, Spokane news station KHQ-TV reported Thursday. Source
  • Trudeau's decision to vote in Ontario election angers Quebec MP

    Canada News CBC News
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's decision to vote in the upcoming Ontario provincial election while representing a Quebec riding federally has offended at least one Conservative MP from Quebec. The Prime Minister's Office confirmed Thursday that Trudeau would cast his ballot at the Ottawa-Vanier returning office. Source