Chris Dawson to appear in court on murder charge

CHRIS Dawson is due to appear in court today charged with the alleged murder of his wife Lynette Dawson more than 30 years ago.

The 70-year-old former rugby league player and teacher appeared in Sydney Central Local Court via video link on December 6, where he was remanded in custody.

It’s expected Dawson will apply for bail when he appears in the same court this morning.


Lynette Dawson was 33-years-old when she vanished from the couple’s Bayview home 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 last week, 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.