Peel Police charge father of dead girl, 11, with first-degree murder

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An eleven-year-old girl is dead, and her father facing a charge of first degree murder, in a case that has shaken the region.

Riya Rajkumar was supposed to be celebrating her birthday, but, instead, became the subject of a late-night Amber Alert on Thursday night.

Peel Region police said they have found the body of 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar, seen here with her father Roopesh Rajkumar, hours after an Amber Alert was issued late Thursday night.
Peel Region police said they have found the body of 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar, seen here with her father Roopesh Rajkumar, hours after an Amber Alert was issued late Thursday night.  (Peel Regional Police)

She was found in her father’s home in Brampton on Hansen Rd. N., near Marshall Dr., hours after she vanished while in the care of 41-year-old Roopesh Rajkumar.

In front of the brown brick duplex, Friday, pink and white balloons blew in the wind, tied to a tree in front of the home, next to a growing pile of flowers and a bright pink teddy bear.

“Riya was like the princess of the family,” Roopesh’s cousin Ryan Ashadalli told reporters outside the home.

“She was just full of positive energy. She always had a smile wherever she went, he said, adding she had just returned from a vacation at Disneyland.

“I loved her.”

Police found the body of 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar in this Brampton home on Hansen Rd. N. early Friday morning.
Police found the body of 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar in this Brampton home on Hansen Rd. N. early Friday morning.  (Toronto Star)

Officers had to force their way into her father’s home around 11 p.m. Thursday evening. Rajkumar was arrested by Orillia OPP shortly after midnight, almost 130 km. away. He was suffering from a “medical issue,” Const. Danny Marttini told reporters outside Peel Police 22 division.

The birthdays of the girl and her mother fell on the Thursday.

“It’s very heart-wrenching,” said Marttini, who added that, in the final analysis, there’s a mother “moving forward without her daughter.”

Amber alerts were sent out late Thursday night and early Friday morning for 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar.
Amber alerts were sent out late Thursday night and early Friday morning for 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar.

Meadowvale Village Public School posted a statement on its website saying “this tragedy has brought tremendous sadness to the students and staff” and that grief counsellors will be at the school for as long as needed.

“Riya was a well-liked student, and her death is deeply felt by everyone at the school,” the statement read. “Even students who did not personally know Riya will also be affected by this tragedy.”

Rajkumar was taken into police custody shortly after midnight. He was taken to a hospital and then a trauma centre.

Police have charged him with first-degree murder in the death of his daughter.

The girl did not live with her father on a full-time basis, police said, but was dropped off at a Mississauga gas station at about 3 p.m.

“In a tragic situation like this, when your daughter goes to spend her birthday, especially on Valentine’s Day, with her father and you expect your child to come home, my heart aches for this family,” Const. Akhil Mooken told reporters shortly after the body was found.

“As a parent, I can’t even begin to imagine what the mom is going through, and it’s something that we never want to be involved in, but it’s a terrible situation.”

Police said Riya’s mother called the authorities when the pair did not return at 6:30 p.m., and reported that Rajkumar made comments indicating he could cause harm to himself and his daughter.

“That obviously set off alarms,” Marttini told reporters earlier. “It was of extreme concern, which is why she attended the division, saying ‘I’ve got that information and I’m concerned for the well-being of my daughter.’ ”

After police took measures such as searching where the two were last seen, pinpointing the location of the father’s cell phone and checking areas they were known to frequent, they asked for an Amber Alert to be issued.

Police visited the father’s home at around 7 p.m., but did not receive a response when they knocked on the door. At about 11 p.m., Marttini said, police forced entry into the house and found the girl’s body.

“At that point in the investigation, we had received enough information that they felt that the 11-year-old girl would, in fact, be in the residence and was in need of assistance,” Marttini said. “So, with that threat to somebody’s life, they were able to force entry.”

Asked how long the girl had been dead before police found her, Marttini said she didn’t have the exact timeline, and more will come out after the postmortem.

Emergency Management Ontario sent out an Amber Alert on mobile devices just after 11:30 p.m.

Read more: Late-night Amber Alert prompted multiple complaints to 911

“Peel Regional Police activate AMBER Alert. Victim is Riya Rajkumar age 11. Suspect is Roopesh Rajkumar age 41. Vehicle is silver Honda civic plate #ARBV 598. Last known location Eastbound 401. If observed, please call 911,” the alert read.

Peel police had requested an Amber Alert to be issued by OPP earlier in the evening, but the notification was not sent until after 11 p.m., Marttini said in a phone interview. She could not confirm what time they submitted the form.

A tip from the public, following the alert, led to Rajkumar’s arrest shortly after midnight by OPP near Orillia.

The brown brick house on Hansen Rd. N. was blocked off with police tape Friday morning, as was the side street, Crawford Dr.

Residents of the quiet residential neighbourhood were shocked.

Emmanuel Okafor saw the Amber Alert on TV late Thursday night and said he was praying it would have a positive ending.

“It’s unimaginable,” said Okafor, who didn’t know the family, but has a 6-year-old daughter of his own.

“No parent should ever have to bury their kid.”

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie tweeted that “there are absolutely no words to explain the senseless and tragic loss of young innocent Riya.

“As a mother of three, this makes me sick to my stomach. My heart grieves for the mother and family,” Crombie tweeted.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown thanked Peel police and the OPP for the quick arrest.

“Words cannot describe such a senseless and horrific act,” Brown tweeted.

With files from Marjan Asadullah, Ilya Banares and the Brampton Guardian

Stefanie Marotta is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @StefanieMarotta

May Warren is a breaking news reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @maywarren11

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Man accused of shooting Manitoba RCMP officer pleads guilty to attempted murder

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The man accused of shooting an RCMP officer during series of break-and-enters in western Manitoba has pleaded guilty.

Therae Racette-Beaulieu was charged last August with two counts of attempted murder as well as two counts of break and enter, possession of property obtained by crime and weapons-related offences.

He entered guilty pleas to one count of attempted murder, as well as to breaking and entering, stealing firearms and theft of a motor vehicle in Brandon provincial court on Thursday morning. He was 18 years old at the time of his arrest.

Cpl. Graeme Kingdon was shot near Onanole, Man., a town about 220 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, just south of Riding Mountain National Park, on Aug. 29, 2018. RCMP said Kingdon and another constable had arrived at a report of a break-in at a rural property near Onanole at about 9:30 p.m. when shots were fired.

Kingdon suffered a fractured skull in the shooting, while the other officer was not injured physically.

The shooting sparked a massive manhunt that ended the next afternoon in Neepawa, Man.

Three other men from Portage la Prairie — Tommy Edward Beaulieu, 21, Shane Donovan Beaulieu, 30, and Delaney Marcus Houle, 23 — were also charged in alongside Racette-Beaulieu with two counts each of breaking and entering, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and weapons-related offences.

Houle and Shane Beaulieu were previously granted bail, while Tommy Beaulieu was denied bail and remains in custody. All three have yet to enter pleas and are due in court again in February.

Racette-Beaulieu has been in custody since he was arrested in August. He has no prior convictions in adult court in Manitoba

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March.

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Daughter, 18, charged with 2nd-degree murder after woman reported missing in Ottawa

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An 18-year-old woman has been charged with second-degree murder after her mother was reported missing earlier this month. 

Ottawa police asked for the public’s assistance Thursday to help locate 37-year-old Susan Kublu-Iqqittuq. The Inuk woman was last seen in the area of Elgin Street and Laurier Avenue on Jan. 10, police said.

Lennese Kublu has been charged with second-degree murder and indignity to a human body, police said.

The family confirmed with CBC News that Kublu is the daughter of the woman who was reported missing.

Ottawa police are using the spelling « Kuplu » for both women. Police said that their major crime unit is investigating.​

The suspect appeared in court Saturday morning. 

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Serial killer Dellen Millard appeals conviction and sentence for father’s murder

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Serial killer Dellen Millard is appealing his first-degree murder conviction and sentence for the death of his father, arguing the outcome of his case was unreasonable.

Millard was found guilty in September of murdering his dad, Wayne Millard, whose death in 2012 was initially ruled a suicide.

In December, Justice Maureen Forestell sentenced the 33-year-old to his third consecutive life sentence, which means he will serve 75 years in prison before being able to apply for parole.

Two days after being sentenced, Millard filed a notice of appeal disputing Forestell’s conclusions.

« The verdict is unreasonable, » Millard wrote in the document dated Dec. 20. « The sentence is unconstitutional. »

Millard, who had pleaded not guilty to the murder of his father, a wealthy aviation executive, is also appealing his first-degree murder convictions and sentences for the deaths of Hamilton’s Tim Bosma, a complete stranger, and Toronto’s Laura Babcock, his one-time lover.

Millard had pleaded not guilty to the murder of his father, a wealthy aviation executive. (Court exhibit)

He committed those two murders with his former friend, Mark Smich, who is also appealing the verdicts in those cases.

Forestell, who presided over the Wayne Millard case without a jury, found that Dellen Millard shot his 71-year-old father through the left eye as he slept on Nov. 29, 2012.

She found that Millard took steps to set up a false alibi by leaving his car, a cellphone and his credit card at Smich’s house while he took a taxi to his father’s place in the middle of the night.

Forestell said at sentencing last month that there was faint hope for Millard’s rehabilitation.

« Dellen Millard has repeatedly committed the most serious offence known to our law, » she said.

« He has done so with considerable planning and premeditation. In the murder of his father, he took advantage of the vulnerability of his father and betrayed his father’s trust in him. »

A sketch of Dellen Millard, left, in court. Lawyer Ravin Pillay, centre, represented him and Justice Maureen Forestell presided over the trial. (Pam Davies)

Millard’s lawyer argued the consecutive sentence without parole eligibility was unduly long and harsh but the judge disagreed.

« It is necessary to impose a further penalty in order to express society’s condemnation of each of the murders that he has committed and to acknowledge the harm done to each of the victims, » she said.

« Dellen Millard is capable of gaining the trust of friends, relatives and strangers. Mr. Millard has, however, used his ability to gain such trust as a vehicle for planned and deliberate killings. »

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Man guilty on two counts of second-degree murder in Chinatown shooting

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A Toronto jury has convicted one man — and acquitted his half-brother — in a brazen late-night double murder in Chinatown three years ago.

Kyle Sparks MacKinnon, 28, was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder for fatally shooting David Eminess, 26, and Quinn Taylor, 29, early Jan. 31, 2016.

Shooting victims David Eminess, seen left in a police handout photo, and Quinn Taylor, seen in an Instagram photo, were shot dead in Chinatown early on Jan. 31, 2016.
Shooting victims David Eminess, seen left in a police handout photo, and Quinn Taylor, seen in an Instagram photo, were shot dead in Chinatown early on Jan. 31, 2016.  (Star file photos)

The victims were on Spadina Ave. with a friend who testified they were shot after he asked some strangers for directions to a Kensington Market after-hours club.

Sparks MacKinnon was also convicted of two counts of aggravated assaults. Court heard at least two gunmen sprayed Spadina Ave. with a minimum of 16 bullets that sent bystanders diving for cover.

The jury retired Friday morning and returned with verdicts Sunday evening.

Jurors acquitted Jahmal Richardson, 33, of all charges, though he remains in custody facing prosecution on other offences.

The pair was among a group of young men captured by security camera footage walking on Spadina when gunfire erupted outside the New Ho King restaurant. No witness could positively identify the shooters, and defence lawyers argued an associate was the triggerman.

Several witnesses testified about the distinctive clothing worn by the gunmen and Taylor’s dying words to a police officer included a description of his executioner wearing clothing similar to what Sparks MacKinnon had on that evening.

The just-completed case was not a gang-related murder trial, but police allege Richardson, whose street name is Bambino, is the leader of HOK, or Heart of A King, a street gang that evolved from a Nova Scotia gang North Preston’s Finest.

Just as jury selection got underway in November, the judge imposed a ban on a TV station broadcasting a photo identifying a jailed Richardson holding a cellphone and posing with lobster, steak and root beer. The publication lifted Friday after the jury was sequestered.

In 2016, Toronto police announced dozens of arrests stemming from Project Sizzle which targeted HOK members and associates alleged to have been involved in numerous shootings, homicides, weapons and drug trafficking and prostitution. The gang’s activity was centred around adult entertainment establishments and bars in downtown Toronto, investigators said at the time.

Sparks MacKinnon will be sentenced next month.

Betsy Powell is a Toronto-based reporter covering crime and courts. Follow her on Twitter: @powellbetsy

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Thunder Bay police charge man with 2nd degree murder in killing of Braiden Jacob

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The Thunder Bay Police Service said Friday that a man has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of 17-year-old Braiden Jacob.

Police said the 22-year-old suspect was arrested shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday and faces a charge of second-degree murder. He is scheduled to appear in court on Saturday.

Jacob’s body was found on Dec. 9 shortly after 11:30 a.m. near the southern portion of Chapples Park in Thunder Bay.

A postmortem examination took place in Toronto on Thursday, identifying the body as that of Jacob, who is from Webequie First Nation and was reported missing to Thunder Bay police on Dec. 6.

Thunder Bay police Acting Deputy Chief Don Lewis said Friday the postmortem results indicated a homicide had taken place.

« There was … some trauma, » Lewis said. « Unfortunately, I can’t get into the specifics, because it is now important evidence that’s part of the investigation. »

Lewis said police are now conducting interviews and going through evidence and information, and are investigating locations both inside and outside of Thunder Bay.

« It’s by no means without direction, or a still investigation, » he said. « It’s very fluid and ongoing. »

Jacob’s death is believed to be the eighth homicide of 2018 in Thunder Bay, and comes amid increased scrutiny of the city’s police force following a report that was highly critical of the TBPS’s « inadequacies » in regards to its investigations into the deaths of nine Indigenous people.

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Man, 20, charged with 2nd-degree murder in Mississauga teen’s death

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Peel police have arrested and charged a 20-year-old man in connection with the death of a 14-year-old boy, who was found dead in a Mississauga, Ont., park Friday morning.

Police were called shortly before 8 a.m. Friday to the area of Lewisham and Truscott drives in Mississauga, a city west of Toronto, where they found the boy’s body.

Multiple sources have identified the slain boy as Riley Martin, although authorities have yet to confirm his identity.

On Saturday, police said Nicholas Mahabir, 20, of Mississauga has been charged with second-degree murder. He was scheduled to appear in court sometime during the day.

A spokesperson for Peel police was tight-lipped about the investigation on Saturday, saying only that the accused was arrested on Friday night. Const. Iryna Yashnyk could not confirm the cause of the boy’s death, or elaborate on information released Friday that the body had obvious signs of trauma.

Yashnyk also would not answer questions about a possible motive, or whether the victim and the accused knew each other.

The teen had left home on Thursday night, but had not been reported missing, Peel Const. Danny Marttini, another spokesperson for the force, told reporters on Friday.

The park where the boy was found is not far from Clarkson Secondary School, where Martin attended classes. In a letter sent to Clarkson families, the school board said « police believe this is an isolated incident and have assured us there are no additional safety precautions needed at our school. » 

The Peel District School Board had counsellors at the school on Saturday for students and staff who wanted to talk about their feelings. The board also tweeted a copy of a tip sheet of ways to cope with emotional stress. The 11 tips included finding « a safe and comfortable environment » to share thoughts and feelings, avoiding engaging in speculation about what happened, either verbally or online, and sticking to normal routines as much as possible.

Investigators are appealing to witnesses, anyone with video surveillance footage or who may know anything about the case to call the Peel police homicide and missing persons bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 3205, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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A friend asked for directions, then two strangers shot them dead on Spadina Ave., Crown says at murder trial opening

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A Toronto jury has begun hearing evidence in a case of two men accused of spraying Spadina Ave. with gunfire after a stranger asked for directions to an after-hours party in Kensington Market.

Jahmal Richardson and Kyle Sparks MacKinnon are accused of killing two men, almost taking the life of another, and wounding two others. They have pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, attempted murder with a firearm and two aggravated assaults.

Shooting victims David Eminess, seen left in a police handout photo, and Quinn Taylor, seen in an Instagram photo, were shot dead in Chinatown early on Jan. 31, 2016.
Shooting victims David Eminess, seen left in a police handout photo, and Quinn Taylor, seen in an Instagram photo, were shot dead in Chinatown early on Jan. 31, 2016.  (Star file photos)

In the downtown courthouse not far from the carnage, prosecutors Kerry Hughes and Susan Adams opened their case Wednesday telling a Superior Court jury what evidence they are expected to hear, and also what they won’t.

While several witnesses who watched and heard events unfold early Jan. 31, 2016 will testify, none will be able to point to the accused and identify either as the person they recognize as one of the shooters, Hughes told jurors during her opening remarks.

The Crown’s case will be based on different pieces of circumstantial evidence that, taken together, will be “just as convincing as direct evidence,” and will include video footage from storefronts, a dying victim’s ID, photos of a gun found at the scene and the testimony of a survivor who was shot in the head, Hughes said.

She outlined the Crown’s theory:

Stewart Douglas and his friends Quinn Taylor and David Eminess were searching for an after-hours party in Kensington Market when, she said, Douglas asked for directions from a group of men standing outside the New Ho King restaurant on the west side of Spadina, several blocks south of College St.

“Douglas asked once, then stepped away to light a cigarette. He then went back and approached a man wearing a sleeveless black vest with fur around the armholes,” Hughes said. “When he asked that man where the after-hours party was, instead of an answer to his question he was shot in the head.”

Douglas, shot at close range, will testify that although they were complete strangers, he can describe the man who shot him, the Crown attorney said.

At least one other man, the Crown alleges it was Sparks MacKinnon, drew a gun and opened fire on the street, sending people running for cover. At least 16 shots were fired from at least two guns, Hughes said.

Eminess died after being shot in the back of the head by a single bullet.

Multiple bullets hit Taylor, who asked bystanders to “please call 911, they’re shooting at people,” before collapsing in a restaurant doorway. As he lay mortally wounded, Hughes said, Taylor told a police officer the man who shot him was mixed-race and wearing a red sweater and thick gold chain. Two other men in the area were also hit by gunfire, one shot in the calf, the other in the elbow, she said.

Prior to the shooting, Richardson was captured on surveillance video walking up Spadina with five other men wearing non-descript clothing, Hughes said. Sparks MacKinnon joined them a few minutes later, she said.

The two defendants were wearing distinctive clothing that evening, Hughes said. Richardson wore a black fur vest and large, fur-trimmed hood, tattoos could be seen running down the length of both arms, she said, adding he had around his neck a thick chain with a large circle with a letter B and wings on either side.

Sparks MacKinnon was dressed in a long-sleeved sweater, described by witnesses as red, red with a pattern on it, or purple, she said, adding he also wore a gold necklace with a large round medallion.

One witness is expected to testify that while he saw people fleeing the area, he took note of five men walking northbound.

“One man was being patted on the back by another as they walked. People in the group were smiling, and the man being patted on the back was walking kind of proudly,” Hughes said, summarizing the witness’s observations.

He will describe that man as someone wearing a coat with a hood trimmed with gold-coloured fur, she said.

The trial resumes Thursday.

Betsy Powell is a Toronto-based reporter covering crime and courts. Follow her on Twitter: @powellbetsy

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‘It’s finally over’: Frank Ostrowski elated to have murder conviction quashed

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Frank Ostrowski is relieved to finally have his first-degree murder conviction off his back, allowing him to travel outside Manitoba and enjoy his freedom after decades of maintaining his innocence. 

« It’s finally over, » he told CBC News Wednesday morning. 

The Manitoba Court of Appeal released its decision Tuesday on Ostrowski’s case, saying the 1987 conviction for the killing of Robert Nieman should be quashed.

The decision goes on to say that given the amount of time that has passed, and the years Ostrowski has already spent behind bars, no new trial should be called at this time. The decision instead calls for a judicial stay of proceedings.

However, the court did not go so far as to acquit him. 

‘The strings are cut’ 

Ostrowski was fighting for an acquittal and said the court was « on the wrong track. »

Still, he said he’s just happy to have a new start at life. 

Ostrowski was released on bail in 2009 following 23 years behind bars, after the federal Justice Department began reviewing Ostrowski’s case as a possible wrongful conviction.

His freedom has been hindered by the conviction, he said, and he lived under a number of conditions. 

« The murder’s off my back. I can now take my passport and go to Cuba and enjoy myself, without asking the Crown and my lawyers if I can go, » he said. 

« I can go to Kenora fishing, which I couldn’t do for nine years. I couldn’t go out there because it’s outside of Manitoba. I have to ask permission every time I go. Where are you going, what are you doing? The strings are cut. »

Failure to disclose evidence

At the crux of Ostrowski’s appeal was whether key evidence was disclosed to Ostrowski’s defence. That included a deal the Crown struck with its key witness to stay his drug charges if he testified against Ostrowski, and testimony from an officer that contradicted the witness’s testimony.

In its decision, the appeal court found that the Crown’s failure to disclose this evidence impaired Ostrowski’s defence, because his lawyer could have used it to challenge the credibility of important details in the case against him.

However, the decision goes on to say that this does not render the witness’s testimony totally unreliable, and that a jury could still reasonably find Ostrowski guilty if a new trial were ordered.

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Dennis Oland murder trial hears about scalp condition, hearing aid and ‘touchy-feely’ ways

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The murder trial of Dennis Oland resumes in Saint John this morning when the Crown calls its next witness.

Oland, 50, is being retried for second-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of his multimillionaire father Richard Oland more than seven years ago.

His defence team started to lay the groundwork for its case Thursday, asking the victim’s secretary a series of seemingly inconsequential questions.

Maureen Adamson confirmed her 69-year-old boss had a scalp condition, wore hearing aids, and was a touchy-feely close-talker.

Toronto-based lawyer Michael Lacy didn’t dwell on any of the issues and hasn’t pieced them together for the court yet, but they’re all related to a key piece of the Crown’s evidence against Oland — a blood-stained brown sports jacket.

Adamson testified Oland was wearing a brown jacket when he visited his father at his office on the night he was killed, July 6, 2011.

She left the two alone together and the next morning, she discovered her boss’ body lying face down on the floor in a pool of blood. He had suffered more than 40 wounds to his head, neck and hands.

Richard Oland (left) was hard of hearing and had a tendency to lean in close when he spoke to someone, court heard. (Court exhibt)

The brown jacket, which was later seized from Oland’s closet, had four areas of blood on it and the DNA found in each of those areas matched his father’s profile, Crown prosecutor Jill Knee told the court during opening statements earlier this week.

The defence contends the « miniscule » bloodstains were the result of « innocent transfer. »

Lacy asked Adamson about the elder Oland’s scalp condition. She said she occasionally noticed little cuts on his head that would sometimes bleed.

Oland was hard of hearing and would sometimes lean in when he spoke to people, she agreed.

And he tended to put his hands on people when he spoke to them, she said.

During Dennis Oland’s first trial in 2015, the defence suggested the blood from his scalp could have gotten onto his hands and transferred onto someone’s clothing.

A jury found Oland guilty in December 2015, but the New Brunswick Court of Appeal overturned the conviction in October 2016 and ordered a new trial, citing an error in the trial judge’s instructions to the jury.

A mistrial was declared in his jury retrial and the case is now proceeding by judge alone.

Richard Oland’s secretary confirmed he was ‘touchy-feely’ and would often touch people or put his arm around them when he spoke to them. (Court exhibit)

His lawyer also asked Adamson Thursday about some police photographs of the crime scene, including a close-up of a black TV remote control on the floor in the blood-spattered office. In the photo, the remote is face-up. Another photo shows a remote on the floor, face-down.

Adamson said she couldn’t confirm they were the same remote control. She noted the office air conditioner also had a remote.

Lacy pointed out both photos had a yellow extension cord in them, implying they were of the same remote.

He asked whether she was careful not to touch or disturb anything in the crime scene after she made the grisly discovery that morning, rushed out to get help and re-entered with a man from the printing shop downstairs. She said they were both careful.

The remote for the air conditioner was grey and was usually kept either on or near Oland’s desk because he sat right in front of the AC, said Adamson.

Richard Oland’s secretary Maureen Adamson testified she went back to the crime scene two or three days after she discovered his body to tell police if she noticed anything missing. There was at least one fabric drop-cloth on the floor at that time, in the area where her boss had been face down in a pool of blood, she said. (CBC)

Lacy showed her another photograph, taken on July 11, four days after Oland’s body was discovered. It depicts what appears to be a remote near the coffee machine. In a July 7 photo of the same area, no remote is present.

During the 2015 trial, the court heard issues about the police investigation, including officers entering the crime scene without wearing protective gear to avoid contamination and using the washroom outside the office for two days before it was forensically tested.

In pre-trial documents, the defence advised the court they intend to argue « that the [Saint John Police Force’s] investigation into the homicide of Richard Oland was inadequate and will also seek to impugn the conduct and credibility of various SJPF officers involved in the investigation. »

The trial is scheduled to last four months.

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