SAINT-JEAN, N.-B. — A police officer at the pension Saint-John, New-Brunswick, was not able to hold back his tears Monday as he recalled the pain of having been asked to lie to the bar during the murder trial of Dennis Oland.
The sergeant retired Mike King reiterated his allegation that has raised the controversy in the first trial Oland, according to which the head of the service de police de Saint-Jean would have suggested to change his testimony.
Once again, in the context of the second trial of Mr. Oland in a hearing room in St. John’s, Mr. King stated that the inspector Glen McCloskey had told him that he did not have to tell the court that he had visited the scene of the crime.
During his testimony at new trial for Dennis Oland murder not premeditated of his father, Richard, Mr. King said that he had been offended by the request of Mr. McCloskey, who was reportedly made during a private conversation in 2014, before the preliminary inquiry.
Mr. King spoke of the request of Mr. McCloskey to several other police officers and close relatives. However, during the first trial, Mr. McCloskey has denied that he asked Mr. King to change his testimony and admitted to having visited the scene of the crime bloody on two occasions, one of which is by curiosity.
Mike King broke down in tears on Monday, following the questioning of the defence lawyer, Alan Gold, about the statement of Mr. McCloskey, according to which Mr. King would have lied, because he had accounts to settle with him and the police.
To Me, Gold was asked if he had been “easy” for him to reveal this information on to Mr. McCloskey. “No,” he said, crying.
“Did you enjoy that?” he added. “No,” he answered.
Mr. McCloskey has not yet testified at the second trial, but could be called to the bar later this week.
The fact that police have attended the scene of the crime, often without protective equipment, is a problem for the defense during the trial. The defense lawyers accuse the police of Saint-Jean not to have secured the crime scene to prevent contamination.
Not a normal scene
Also on Monday, the constable Tony Gilbert told a part of the confusion surrounding the initial discovery of the body of Richard Oland, on the morning of July 7, 2011.
Mr. Gilbert reported that he and another investigator who had been sent to the office of Richard Oland morning, thought they were making a scene of death typical, and assumed that the victim had possibly died of a heart attack.
However, once Mr. Gilbert saw the battered body of Richard Oland lying in a pool of blood on the floor of his office, he realized that the death was not normal. With the other policeman, they carefully retraced their steps out of the scene of the crime.
He said that it would not be entered on the scene of the crime if he had known that it was a suspicious death.
Prosecutors have argued that Dennis, the only son of Richard Oland, was gone to see his father the night of the 6th of July 2011 with a request for financial assistance. The fortunes of Richard Oland was worth about $ 37 million, while Dennis was deeply in debt.
Dennis Oland, a former investment advisor, was indicted for the murder of his father in 2013 and has always maintained his innocence. His condemnation of 2015 had been cancelled in 2016 by the Court of appeal, which ordered a new trial.
This new trial, before a judge alone, began in November and resumed Monday after a break of three weeks for the christmas holidays. The trial is expected to last four months.