Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Chris Dawson arrested and expected to be charged over his wife's murder

Former rugby player Chris Dawson arrested in cold case made famous by podcast Murder mystery may finally be solved after 36 years as husband is arrested
Ellis Copeland | 05 December, 2018, 22:10

It has not been determined whether they will fly out of the Brisbane or Gold Coast airport.

Police said two fresh witness statements led to the 70-year-old's arrest on the Gold Coast, with officers saying Mr Dawson was "a bit taken back" when he was arrested at his home.

After being extradited, he is today expected to appear in a Parramatta court.

10 News First reporter Matthew Howard reported that he would instead be extradited on Thursday. She was 33 years old.

"No doubt it will be a voluminous briefs with an enormous amount of evidence and there are a number of witnesses that will be called", he said.

Lyn Dawson was last seen in Sydney's northern beaches in January 1982.

Since May, more than 27 million people have listened to The Teacher's Pet podcast, which is produced by The Australian newspaper.

It was revealed that Chris Dawson went "quietly" with police following his arrest this morning, and that no new evidence was found during the September dig at the Bayview property.

An aerial shot of the home in Bayview, showing the police tent set up. Image: AAP Police remained at the home for a week.

Lynette Dawson's body was never found.

Earlier this week, the ODPP provided advice to police, and following further inquiries, detectives applied for an arrest warrant before travelling to Queensland.

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NSW police have stated they are comfortable with the strength of the case against Dawson despite not finding the body of Lyn. We have solved homicide before without identifying the body.

"We spoke to the family of Lynette Dawson this morning, who were certainly relieved to hear this result and from their perspective, they have asked for some patience in terms of their confidentiality in going forward", he said.

"We are confident with the case", Supt Scott Cook told reporters on Wednesday.

He was refused bail and extradition to NSW was granted.

"Its taken a long haul but its going to be a very good Christmas for our side of the family knowing that we've finally got somewhere and we're going to find out what actually happened through the court system", he told the program.

The cold case gained worldwide attention this year due to The Australian's investigative podcast series The Teacher's Pet.

Prior to his wife's disappearance, Chris Dawson and his twin brother Paul had been star players for the Newtown Jets rugby league club.

The magistrate said the crown alleged domestic violence allegations against Mr Dawson would be raised in evidence, as well as evidence from the woman involved in the affair - Mr Dawson's former student Joanne Curtis. She became the family's babysitter and months later the pair became involved in a sexual relationship.

Despite that, Mr Dawson did not report his wife missing for nearly six weeks.

The former teacher has strenuously denied any involvement in his wife's disappearance.

"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, from Chris' twin brother Peter said.

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