Chris Dawson Has Been Committed To Stand Trial For Murder Of His Wife Lynette
Chris Dawson has been committed to stand trial for the alleged murder of his wife Lynette nearly 40 years ago.
The case of the Australian woman who disappeared from the face of the earth was highlighted in The Australia's podcast The Teacher's Pet, which gripped the country.
The former Sydney teacher and Newtown Jets rugby league player is suspected of killing Lynette in 1982. He's spent the last four days in a committal hearing that would determine whether he would have to stand trial in the Supreme Court.
The hearing heard from Chris' brother-in-law Ross Hutcheon, neighbours and others who insist they saw Lynette Dawson in the months and years after she disappeared.
Mr Hutcheon said via video link that he was certain he noticed Lyn standing in Gladesville three to six months after she was missing: "I immediately recognised her as Lyn Dawson. It was in broad daylight. There was no rain, no fog, clear vision.
"I also noted at the time to my left was Gladesville Hospital. Lyn was a nurse. I put the two together. Lyn was standing outside the hospital where I assume she was working.
"I made a very, very, very big mistake by not stopping the car in the first place and talking to Lyn."
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Ms Dawson's former neighbours, Peter and Jill Breese, also told the committal hearing they saw Lyn two years after her disappearance working at a private hospital.
Mr Dawson has always insisted he was innocent and has pleaded not guilty in the past.
He will now face a six-week trial at the Supreme Court later this year, which will ultimately decide whether he will be sent to jail.
The 71-year-old's lawyer explained outside the committal hearing that it's been tough but at least they will finally know his fate.
Greg Walsh said: "I don't think any accused person necessarily looks forward to this process. It's a very stressful one. He lives interstate and no doubt he would find it a very difficult process.
"But having faced this situation for some time he's looking forward to clearing his name."
Mr Dawson was arrested two years ago on December 5 and was extradited to Sydney to following day to stand trial. He was refused bail and was remanded in custody until he pleaded not guilty midway through last year.
Lyn's body has never been found, however two coronial inquests both ruled she must be dead and was most likely murdered by a known person.
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