Chris Dawson to fly home to Qld after being granted bail

UPDATE @ December 18: CHRIS Dawson is expected to fly back home to Queensland today after being granted bail in a Sydney court.

The former rugby league player and teacher, who has been charged with the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson more than 30 years ago, appeared in Central Local Court via video link on Monday, where Magistrate Robert Williams granted his bail application.

Mr Dawson is likely to be released from prison this morning after his family posted a $1.5 million surety to secure his release.


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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.

Mr Dawson is due to next face court in February.

EARLIER @ December 17: CHRIS Dawson has been granted bail after being charged with the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson more than 30 years ago.

The former rugby league player and teacher appeared in Central Local Court via video link on Monday, where Magistrate Robert Williams granted the 70-year-old’s bail application.

Dawson 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, Queensland and has been ordered to post a $1.5 million surety to secure his release.

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.

Lynette’s husband, Chris, 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 Lynette’s disappearance and suspected murder.

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

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