OTTAWA,A judge on Friday ordered the son of a murdered Canadian beer baron to stand trial for the 2011 killing, after a lengthy preliminary hearing to test the evidence against him. Dennis Oland, the 46-year-old son of Richard Oland, a former executive at family-owned Moosehead Breweries, was arrested last year.
Moosehead is Canada’s oldest independent brewery, based in Saint John, New Brunswick Provincial court Judge Ronald LeBlanc delivered the decision to proceed to a trial. Oland will remain free on bail until the beginning of his trial on February 2, when he is expected to plead not guilty.
The family has maintained his innocence. In a statement Friday, they said they know Dennis will be found innocent in an objective and fair process in a court of law.”The question of who is really responsible for Dick’s death haunts us. We despair at the time that has been lost and worry the perpetrator of this terrible crime may now never be found and brought to justice, they added Richard Oland, 69, was found dead in his office on July 7, 2011,Saint John police Chief Bill Reid said last year he died from “repeated blows.”