Chris Dawson expected to be released on bail today

CHRIS Dawson will likely be back home in Queensland for Christmas, with the accused wife-killer expected to finally be released on bail today.

The 70-year-old was granted bail in a Sydney Court last week, however a paperwork issue delayed the former rugby league player and school teacher from being released from behind bars.

Mr Dawson’s lawyer said on Monday that the issue has now been rectified and that his client “should get bail today”.


In a bid to secure his release, Mr Dawson’s family posted a $1.5 million surety.

The 70-year-old will have to abide by strict conditions which include surrendering his passport and reporting daily to police.

He will also not be allowed to travel more than 20km from his home in Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.

Chris Dawson was taken into custody at a home in Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast on December 5, 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 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 this year after being featured on the The Australian’s investigative podcast series The Teacher’s Pet.