Chris Dawson's family 'disappointed' over arrest for murder of Lynette

Frederick Owens
December 5, 2018

Chris Dawson, 70, is to be charged with murdering Lynette Dawson, New South Wales (NSW) authorities said.

Commissioner Mick Fuller said police, who conducted several digs at the former Dawson family home in Bayview, on Sydney's northern beaches, wanted to find Lyn's body but said that it was "not crucial to finalising the matter".

Dawson, a Newtown rugby league player in the early 1970s, has always been a suspect in the case but denies any involvement in his wife's disappearance.

Two coroners found Lyn was probably murdered by Mr Dawson in 1982, but he continued to deny his involvement, saying she had run off to join a "religious cult".

Dawson was hoped to be extradited to NSW on Wednesday, however police were unable to organise air transport for him out of Queensland.

An undated photo of Lynette Dawson, who was last seen in January, 1982.

Her brother, Greg Simms, said he was very emotional when told of Dawson's arrest.

The former rugby league player allegedly moved his teenage lover into the family's Bayview home just days after Lyn went missing.

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Detective Superintendent Scott Cook said Mr Dawson is not expected to be questioned by police today.

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Meanwhile, Chris Dawson's family has released a statement proclaiming his innocence. She was 33 years old.

Police allege Mr Dawson was in the process of divorce from his wife and he was having an "illicit affair".

A number of airlines said they were reluctant to carry Mr Dawson due to his high profile and the potential of it becoming a security risk.

"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 his daughters", brother Peter Dawson said, according to the Seven Network.

Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Scriven detectives requested the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) review their brief of evidence in April 2018.

"We have no doubt whatsoever that Chris will be found not guilty as he is innocent".

Since then homicide squad detectives had gathered new evidence and it is thought the police case will in part rely on two witness statements uncovered by Teachers Pet.

Former Cromer High School teacher Dawson - the subject of popular podcast The Teacher's Pet - was taken to Southport where he will be charged, with NSW detectives to seek an extradition.

An application for a warrant was lodged after NSW Police received advice back from the DPP earlier this week.

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