Chris Dawson ARRESTED Over Cold Case Murder Of Lyn Dawson

Leroy Wright
December 5, 2018

Australian authorities are expected to charge Chris Dawson, 70, with the murder of his former wife Lynette, who disappeared nearly 40 years ago.

The Teacher's Pet - the podcast made by journalists from The Australian newspaper - details a troubled marriage leading up to the disappearance and scrutinises the police response to it.

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.

Ms Barnes argued that her client had a brother in NSW with whom he could live if bail was granted and said Mr Dawson was happy to check in at a local police station regularly.

Queensland police confirmed to Junkee that a man was arrested on the Gold Coast this morning.

Lynette Dawson disappeared in 1982. Image: AAP Police remained at the home for a week.

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

Police will use previous interviews they had conducted with Mr Dawson since his wife's disappearance as evidence in the case.

"We haven't given up hope in terms of finding Lynette Dawson's body".

Dawson continues to maintain his innocence. She was aged 33 at the time.

He had his head in his hands as the magistrate read out the police case, including allegations of domestic violence against his wife.

Ms Dawson's disappearance has been the subject of a popular podcast
Image Lynette Dawson's disappearance has been the subject of a popular podcast

It is understood the airlines are concerned about taking Mr Dawson on board because of the strong interest in the case.

"There is clear and uncontested evidence that Lyn Dawson was alive long after she left Chris and their daughters", the statement said.

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

Lyn's brother Gregg Simms said he was "quite emotional" when he heard of Mr Dawson's arrest this morning.

Two separate inquests previously recommended to the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) that a "known person", now identified as Chris Dawson, be charged with her murder, but the DPP determined insufficient evidence to lay charges.

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

In 2015, NSW homicide detectives established Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding Lynette Dawson's disappearance and suspected murder.

Relative David Jenkins tweeted: "I'm shaking".

He said detectives had revisited the case three years ago and a "fresh brief" of evidence led to the arrest.

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

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