Dennis Oland murder trial examines forensic evidence

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — A forensic identification officer who collected more than 560 pieces of forensic evidence is testifying for the fourth day at the second-degree murder trial of Dennis Oland.

Oland is accused of killing his father Richard Oland in his office in Saint John, N.B., on July 6, 2011.


Sgt. Mark Smith of the Saint John Police Force described for the Court of Queen’s Bench today where he collected various DNA samples in the office three days later.

He says he found blood splatter almost a metre from where the body was found.

Smith says he also checked the washroom outside Oland’s office and found a stained piece of paper towel in the garbage and it tested positive for blood.

Smith says other police officers had been using that washroom for the previous two days.

Asked by the Crown if that concerned him, Smith said it did but he continued his search.


The Canadian Press