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Police think N.B. businessman Richard Oland was murdered, documents reveal

Richard Oland in 2010.

Heavily-redacted documents by a judge add new details and corroborate previous reporting but shed no major revelation on the still-unsolved killing of New Brunswick entrepreneur Richard Oland.

The documents are search warrant applications by Saint John police that were unsealed after a long judicial application by the CBC and the Saint John Telegraph-Journal. A media lawyer is to argue Friday for the redacted parts to be made public.

According to copies of the search warrants, police believe that "person or persons unknown ... did commit murder on the person of Richard Henry Oland."

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Until now, Saint John police had only said Mr. Oland was the victim of a homicide.

"At the end of this investigation, we'll find that the perpetrator and the victim knew each other," Saint John Police Chief Bill Reid had said last year at his first and only news conference on the case.

Mr. Oland was a scion of the Moosehead beer-brewing family but was running his own investment firm, Far End Corporation.

His body was discovered the morning of July 7, 2011, in his second-floor office on Canterbury Street.

The cause of death was blacked out from the unsealed documents but they mention that an officer with expertise in blood-stain patterns examined the crime scene.

The court documents say that Mr. Oland was last seen the previous day, July 6, at his office.

Mr. Oland had a scheduled meeting, the police affidavits say. "Richard Oland was still at home, he told [blacked-out] he was on his way into the office."

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The files mention that someone came, parked nearby, then got into a car with another person and "they then drove home." The body was discovered after 8 a.m. the next day. A person "opened the door and saw [blacked-out] immediately ran down the stairs to get [blacked-out]."

With a report from Josh O'Kane

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Tu Thanh Ha is based in Toronto and writes frequently about judicial, political and security issues. He spent 12 years as a correspondent for the Globe and Mail in Montreal, reporting on Quebec politics, organized crime, terror suspects, space flights and native issues. More

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