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New Brunswick police commission to probe police handling of Richard Oland murder

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

The announcement was made today 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.

The Fredericton-based police commission says the results and any recommendations will be forwarded to the provincial minister of Public Safety for consideration.

The Canadian Press

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