SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Blood on a sports jacket found in the Rothesay, N.B., home of Richard Oland's son matched the DNA profile of the slain New Brunswick businessman, a court document released Friday says.
A sworn affidavit by Sgt. Tony Hayes of the Saint John police says a brown Hugo Boss jacket with blood stains that police seized from the home of Dennis Oland was sent to a forensics lab in Halifax in November 2011 for testing. The affidavit dated Sept. 7, 2012, says the results from the lab show that the blood stains matched Richard Oland's DNA.
"The outside right sleeve and the outside upper chest areas had DNA profiles that were obtained which matched Richard Oland's DNA standard," the affidavit says.
The affidavit says the estimated probability of selecting an unrelated Canadian Caucasian randomly with the same profile was one in 180 million.
The jacket was resubmitted to the lab in March 2012 for further testing and more blood evidence was found in three other areas, Hayes says in the affidavit.
In one area of the jacket's right cuff, DNA that originated from two people was found, the affidavit says.
"The profile of the major component matched the known sample, Exhibit 134 (Richard Oland DNA Standard)," the affidavit says.
"The identity of the minor component could not be matched."
The affidavit says the jacket also had a dry cleaning tag that shows it had been taken to V.I.P. Dry Cleaners in Rothesay on July 8, 2011 — the day after Richard Oland was found dead in his Saint John office.
Search warrants released in May say police believe Dennis Oland is the suspect in the case.
No charges have been laid against Dennis Oland and no arrests have been made in the case.
Gary Miller, the lawyer for Dennis Oland, said Friday neither he nor his client would comment.
During an in-camera court proceeding in July 2012, Const. Stephen Davidson of the Saint John police said the jacket was "one of the most important pieces of evidence we have in proving this case and taking it to trial."
The search warrants released in May also say that when Dennis Oland was questioned by police, he said he was wearing a blue jacket on July 6, 2011 — the day before his father's body was found — but two people told police they saw him wearing a brown jacket that day.
Those warrants also say that a surveillance video showed Dennis Oland wearing a brown jacket when he arrived and left his place of work that day.
The same documents said Dennis Oland was "experiencing financial hardships" and owed his father more than $500,000.
According to a second affidavit released Friday, dated Oct. 2, 2012, Dennis Oland told police on July 7, 2011, that his father had bankrolled his divorce a few years earlier and he was making interest-only repayments to his father.
The document says police found that monthly payments were being made to Richard Oland's personal chequing account but there were no deposits made in May and June 2011 and that a deposit made on July 5, 2011, was rejected due to insufficient funds. The dollar amounts were redacted.
Judge R. Leslie Jackson of the provincial court has also not released any information considered to be hallmark evidence, which the Crown has described as information relating to the crime scene and physical condition and position of Oland's body that only the killer or killers would know.
Saint John police Chief Bill Reid has said he expects an arrest in the case before the end of the year. Reid did not reply to a request for comment Friday.
The affidavits by Hayes were made public Friday after the CBC and New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal applied for their release.
Richard Oland was a member of the family that owns Moosehead Breweries Ltd., but left the company in the 1980s. He also worked in the trucking business, at the Saint John Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., and as a director of several firms, including Eastern Provincial Airways, Newfoundland Capital Corp., and Ganong Bros.
He was also appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 1998.
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