The Teacher’s Pet: Gold Coast school teacher pleads not guilty to murdering wife

Former Gold Coast school teacher Chris Dawson has formally pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife Lynette in a Sydney court.

Dawson, 70, was charged in December over the disappearance of his then-wife Lynette on Sydney’s northern beaches in 1982.

His lawyer formally entered the not guilty plea at Downing Centre Local Court this morning, with the matter to return on August 8.


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 last year after being featured on the The Australian’s investigative podcast series The Teacher’s Pet.