Chris Dawson to stand trial over alleged murder of wife

Former teacher Chris Dawson has been committed to stand trial for the alleged murder of his wife Lynette Dawson nearly 40 years ago.

The 71-year-old faced a four-day committal hearing in the Downing Centre Local Court this week, where one witness claimed to have seen Lynette three to six months after she disappeared.

Chris Dawson was arrested at a home in Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast on December 5, 2018, three years after detectives formed Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding his first wife Lynette’s disappearance and suspected murder.


Lynette Dawson was 33-years-old when she vanished from the couple’s Bayview property in Sydney’s northern Beaches on or around Saturday 9 January 1982.

Police say the mother-of-two was officially reported missing more than one month later, on 18 February 1982.

Her body has never been found despite two separate inquests finding that she had likely been murdered.

The cold case gained worldwide attention after being featured on the The Australian’s investigative podcast series The Teacher’s Pet.

Dawson will next appear in court in April, before facing a six week trial in the NSW Supreme Court later this year.

He has pleaded not guilty.

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