The Supreme Court of Canada will hear Dennis Oland's appeal of his bail denial.
Oland was convicted last year in Saint John, N.B. of second-degree murder in the 2011 death of his father, high-profile New Brunswick businessman Richard Oland and has appealed that conviction.
He was twice denied bail pending the outcome of his conviction appeal by the New Brunswick Court of Appeal after which he filed an application to the country's top court. Oland's laywers said that the application is based on the fact that appeals courts across Canada have expressed differing opinions on the legal test for bail pending appeal.
The Supreme Court of Canada hears an average of between 65 and 80 appeals annually and though there's no date for Oland's bail appeal hearing the registrar for the Supreme Court has been directed to set it as early as possible in the fall session. They generally don't give reasons on applications for leave to appeal as was the case here.
Oland's wife Lisa and his mother Connie say in a joint statement that the decision by the Supreme Court is welcome news:
"Our feelings are what any family would experience in this situation. We are obviously very emotional. We hope this decision brings us a step closer to Dennis regaining his freedom. Dennis' absence these last few months has been incredibly difficult, and has compounded the loss and anguish our family has suffered since Dick's murder."
Oland's appeal of his conviction has been scheduled for October 18 in Fredericton. He has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for at least 10 years.
(Photo: Fredericton Blogger).