#UK Chris Dawson guilty of homicide: Lynette Dawson’s body could be on NSW Central Coast, police believe #UKnews
January 1982 – Lynette ‘Lyn’ Dawson, 33, disappears from her house at Bayview on Sydney’s northern seashores, forsaking two younger daughters. The household’s babysitter, a schoolgirl who can solely be recognized as JC, strikes into the house inside days.
February – Chris Dawson, a trainer and former Newtown Jets rugby league participant, studies his spouse lacking some six weeks after he says she disappeared.
2001 – An inquest really useful a ‘recognized particular person’ be charged with Mrs Dawson’s homicide, however the Director of Public Prosecutions later says the proof was not examined as a result of no witnesses had been known as.
2003 – A second inquest calls witnesses and recommends a recognized particular person be charged with homicide, referring the matter to the DPP. Again, no prices are laid.
2010 – NSW Police announce a $100,000 reward for any info resulting in a conviction.
2014 – The reward is doubled to $200,000.
2015 – Strikeforce Scriven is established and the Dawsons’ whole Bayview block is mapped.
April 2018 – Scriven detectives request the DPP evaluate their transient of proof.
May – The Australian newspaper releases The Teacher’s Pet podcast about Mrs Dawson’s disappearance. It is ultimately downloaded 60 million occasions worldwide.
July – NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller admits police ‘dropped the ball’ within the Nineteen Eighties investigation.
September – Police dig up the yard on the Bayview house the couple shared on the time of Mrs Dawson’s disappearance however do not discover stays or any objects of curiosity.
December 5 – Chris Dawson is arrested on the Gold Coast and spends the evening in a watch-house.
December 6 – Dressed in a polo shirt, shorts and thongs, the then 70-year-old is extradited to Sydney, the place he is charged together with his first spouse’s homicide and seems in courtroom through video hyperlink. His lawyer, Greg Walsh, says he ‘strenuously asserts his innocence’.
December 17 – Dawson is bailed to dwell again in his Queensland house.
August 8, 2019 – Magistrate Michael Allen warns that some reporting of the case could have an effect on a good trial, saying: ‘Someone must be residing in a cave or be naive within the excessive to maybe ignore the potential for unfairness to an individual who receives this stage of media scrutiny.’
February 11-13, 2020 – Magistrate Jacqueline Trad hears proof earlier than committing Dawson to face trial for homicide.
April 3 – Dawson formally pleads not guilty to homicide, together with his attorneys flagging an utility for a everlasting keep of proceedings.
September 25 – Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Fullerton grants Dawson solely a nine-month halt to permit the ‘unrestrained and clamorous’ public commentary about his spouse’s disappearance to abate earlier than his trial.
June 11, 2021 – The Court of Criminal Appeal refuses a everlasting halt to proceedings.
April 8, 2022 – The High Court backs the decrease courts’ choices to not completely halt proceedings.
May 2 – Supreme Court Justice Robert Beech-Jones orders the trial to proceed earlier than a choose alone following an utility by Dawson.
May 9-July 11 – The trial is heard by Justice Ian Harrison, with prosecutors alleging Dawson was violent and abusive in direction of his spouse and killed her to have an unfettered relationship with JC. Dawson’s attorneys pointed to numerous witnesses claiming to have seen Mrs Dawson alive and effectively after January 1982.
August 30 – Dawson is discovered guilty of homicide.
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By Australian Associated Press