Chris Dawson Charged With Murder, Will Plead Not Guilty

Lester Mason
December 6, 2018

The husband of Sydney mother-of-two Lynette Dawson, who's been charged with her murder nearly 40 years ago, will spend at least a week behind bars before applying for bail.

Her husband, Chris Dawson, 70, was arrested by police in Australia on Wednesday.

Lynette Dawson's disappearance in 1982 has been the subject of a popular crime podcast that has highlighted the case across the world.

Yesterday Mr Dawson was arrested at Biggera Waters by detectives from Queensland Police Service's Homicide Squad.

NSW Police have officially charged Chris Dawson with the 1982 murder of his wife, Lynette Dawson.

The Teacher's Pet podcast is produced by The Australian newspaper and has already had more than 27 million listeners since launching in May.

Officers were today expected to extradite him to Sydney, where he will be charged with the murder.

The new evidence helped police "tie pieces of the puzzle together", NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said.

Dawson did not report his wife missing for six weeks, and said that he thought she might have run away to join a religious cult.

"We are disappointed at the decision of the DPP as there is clear and uncontested evidence that Lyn Dawson was alive long after she left Chris and their daughters", the statement posted on social media read.


Ms Dawson's sister-in-law, Merilyn Sims, said the family had been overwhelmed by support after being phoned by detectives with news of the arrest.

"We've been waiting for 36 years for something like this to happen", she told Network Ten on Wednesday.

Despite two coronial inquests recommending Chris be prosecuted for murder, the DPP stated at the time there was insufficient evidence to lay charges.

Police arrested the former high school teacher on Wednesday, following a three-year reinvestigation into the case. "Statements from witnesses helped us tie pieces of the puzzle together".

The former school teacher was sitting in the back of a vehicle next to a police officer as he was being driven to the airport, after facing an extradition hearing on Wednesday.

"There are other examples in policing history and history of the courts where people have been convicted of murder without a body", he told reporters.

Lyn Dawson's family are seeking privacy at this time, but are relieved.

A relative, David Jenkins, tweeted: "I'm shaking".

No trace of Lynette, who was 33 when she vanished from her home in Sydney, has ever been found.

Mr Fuller declared "we certainly won't give up on that search" for Mrs Dawson's remains.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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