#UK Chris Dawson responsible: Timeline of murder of Lynette as ex-Sydney teacher is convicted #UKnews
After greater than 40 years of hypothesis and thriller, Chris Dawson has been discovered responsible of murdering his spouse.
In 1982, Sydney mother-of-two Lynette Dawson vanished, and was by no means seen once more.
Her disappearance sparked a 30-year police investigation and, after renewed consideration from a podcast printed by The Australian, her husband Chris Dawson was charged together with her murder.
The crown prosecution argued he had killed his spouse in an try and have ‘unfettered entry’ to his teenage babysitter, a former pupil of his.
The defence claimed Lynette had merely disappeared to flee the couple´s dysfunctional marriage and Dawson pleaded not responsible.
Four years after the cost was laid, Dawson confronted a three-month trial that gripped the nation. Dozens of Lynette´s supporters swarmed the courtroom on Tuesday, wearing Pink, whereas Mr Dawson remained tight-lipped as he made his means by way of a throng of journalists.
Here´s every thing that the courtroom heard occurred.
1965 – Lynette Simms begins courting Chris Dawson – she was a pupil at Sydney Girls High whereas he attend Sydney Boys High. The pair met at a highschool operate aged 16.
Chris and Lynnette in 1965. She vanished in 1982 when she was 34
1970 – On March 26, Lynette Simms marries Chris Dawson, each aged 21 on the time, at St Jude´s Anglican Church at Randwick.
1975 – After promoting their home at Cromer in north Sydney, Chris and Lynette Dawson buy vacant land at 2 Gilwinga Drive, Bayview.
They pay $31,000 for the land and $70,000 to construct what is going to change into their household residence.
1977 – Chris and Lynette´s first daughter and ‘miracle child’ is born in July.
Chris and Lynette Dawson on their wedding ceremony day in 1970
Lynette vanished when she was 34, forsaking her two youngsters
The former Bayview Heights residence Of Chris and Lynette Dawson
1979 – Chris Dawson begins working at a Sydney Northern Beaches High School as a bodily schooling teacher. The couple´s second daughter is born in July.
1980 – Chris Dawson begins instructing a younger woman, JC, in 12 months 11 bodily schooling. It was revealed in courtroom he seen her whereas she was in 12 months 10 and altered the roll so he could be her teacher.
Throughout 1980, JC had a troubled residence life, with Chris Dawson turning into her buddy and confidante. She turns to him for recommendation and he or she later turns into the couple’s babysitter.
1981 – Lynette Dawson begins working part-time at a childcare centre in Warriewood. She tells her buddy from work, Anna Grantham, that Chris had been ‘violent’ in the direction of her and on one event pulled her hair and shoved her into mud close to the pool. She was gasping for air.
October 1981 – JC strikes in with the Dawson’s as a consequence of her tumultuous household life. Lyn was involved about JC transferring in as her marriage was unstable on the time.
Around this time neighbour Julie Andrew seems over the fence to see Lyn and Chris arguing.
Chris was shaking his spouse by the shoulders as Lyn clutched one of her daughters – she later tells Julie she was upset about JC being in the home.
Chris had a nostril operation and advised Lyn he didn’t need her to go to him in hospital. Lyn’s mom Helena visited her son-in-law to see JC sitting subsequent to him in mattress.
JC lived with Chris’ twin brother Paul Dawson (left) two doorways down for a short time. Picture: Supplied
November 1981 – JC strikes out of 2 Gilwinga Drive after Lynette confronts her after it is found that she was having intercourse with Chris whereas his spouse was asleep or within the bathe.
JC strikes into the house of Chris’ twin brother Paul a number of doorways down. JC mentioned Lynette was welcoming to her however Chris would sing merciless songs to his spouse.
December 1981 – Chris put down a $500 deposit on a unit in Manly to share with himself and JC. Around this time JC advised the courtroom Chris drove them to a pub or membership and phoned his lawyer brother Peter to ask for authorized recommendation relating to the Bayview home and a divorce. According to JC, Peter advised Chris he could be ‘financially penalised’ if he moved out with JC.
About every week earlier than Christmas, Lyn´s buddy Roslyn McLoughlin advised the courtroom Lyn had been ‘sad’ when she final noticed her and had bruising on her arm and thigh. Lyn pleaded with moms in her tennis group to come back again to her residence, however they couldn´t as a result of they had been busy.
December 23, 1981 – Lyn was ready for Chris to select her up from work, however he by no means confirmed up. She took a taxi residence to discover a ‘goodbye’ observe from Chris asking her to not ‘paint too black an image of him to the youngsters’. Lyn was invited to her sibling´s home for Christmas however selected to remain residence to see if her husband returned.
JC on the day she left to start out a brand new life with Dawson. Picture: Supplied
Chris and JC had packed up their belongings in his automotive and set out for Queensland within the hope of beginning a brand new life. They made it as far as Murwillumbah, on the NSW border with Queensland nevertheless they flip round earlier than the border as JC started to really feel unwell. She modified her thoughts in regards to the transfer.
December 25, 1981 – The pair return to Sydney on Christmas morning and go to Paul and Marilyn´s home. They don’t inform Lyn that Chris returned. Chris and JC go to the highschool Paul was instructing and sleep within the gymnasium.
December 26, 1981 – Chris returns to Bayview whereas JC goes to her mom´s home and has an encounter together with her violent stepfather. Chris picks her up and drives her to stick with her sister in Neutral Bay the place she stays for every week. Chris visits most days.
December 31, 1981: Chris tells Lyn had made plans to attend a New Year´s Eve social gathering on a yacht at Pittwater. Lyn suggests they go as a household however Chris says no. JC advised the courtroom that Chris didn’t attend a celebration however spent the night time together with her in his automotive.
January 1, 1982 – Lyn and her daughters go to Clovelly to stick with her mother and father.
January 2, 1982 – JC travels to South West Rocks to vacation with family and friends for a tenting journey to rejoice the tip of Year 12. Chris begs her to name him day by day.
January 3, 1982 – Lyn and the ladies return to Bayview.
January 4, 1982 – Chris’ brother Paul and his spouse and daughters depart Sydney and head to the Central Coast for a vacation. Around this time, Lyn’s co-workers say they noticed extra bruising on Lyn, who advised them she and Chris had been going to attend a wedding counselling session.
January 8, 1982 – Chris and Lynette Dawson attend marriage counselling. Later that night, Lynette has a telephone dialog together with her mom Helena after Chris was reluctant to place her on the telephone, the mom claimed. It is the final time she speaks to any family and friends. Lyn tells her mom Chris had made her a ‘pretty drink’ and that the counselling session went properly. She mentioned ‘every thing is going to work out’. In a diary entry, Ms Simms wrote: ‘Rang Lyn, sounded half sozzled, mentioned all was properly.’
January 9, 1982 – According to Mr Dawson, Lyn awakened early to do washing and put together lunch for her daughters. He claimed she had been distressed the night time prior however apologised for her breakdown and was extra calm. He says he drove his spouse to a Mona Vale bus cease so she might buy groceries. He takes his daughters swimming at Northbridge Baths, the place Lyn was scheduled to fulfill him later that afternoon, however she by no means arrived.
Greeting playing cards and notes that got to witness JC by Chris Dawson once they had been in a relationship within the early Nineteen Eighties
Notes given to JC by Chris Dawson
She was scheduled to fulfill him on the Northbridge Baths later that afternoon earlier than assembly her mom, however by no means arrived. Helena Simms remembers Chris was ‘agitated’ when she arrived and requested if Lyn contacted her. According to Mr Dawson, he later obtained a telephone name from her during which she says she wants time away. He will get a buddy to drive Helena and his two daughters to her residence in Sydney´s east.
January 10, 1982 – Chris goes to South West Rocks the place JC is holidaying with mates. JC later says he is ‘nervous and agitated’. The pair return to Sydney and Chris asks JC to maneuver in with him.
Chris claims Lyn known as him once more and mentioned she wanted extra time to suppose issues by way of. He contacts her office and advised them she could be off for every week as she was sick.
January 12, 1982 – Two purchases present up on Lynette Dawson’s financial institution card assertion. One for Katies Narrabeen dated January 12, one other for Just Jeans Narrabeen dated January 27. However it´s unclear when the purchases had been made. There is no documentation to substantiate the declare.
January 16, 1982 – Chris Dawson says he has his final contact with Lynette Dawson on the telephone.
JC on her 18th birthday sporting Lyn’s garments. Picture: Supplied
Around mid-January JC completely strikes into 2 Gilwinga Drive, sleeping within the Dawsons’ matrimonial mattress.
February 18, 1982 – Chris Dawson recordsdata a lacking particular person’s report at Mona Vale police station after Lyn´s mom begs him to take action. It has been six weeks since she disappeared and Chris tells police she left of her personal accord. He says there is no concern for her welfare.
Chris tells police he final noticed Lynette on January 9 when he dropped her to the bus cease and had heard from her a number of occasions by telephone.
March 27, 1982 – Chris Dawson locations an advert in The Daily Telegraph saying: ‘Lyn I like you, all of us miss you. Please ring. We need you residence. Chris.’
April 1982 – Some sightings of Lyn had been alleged all through April, however there is no proof, alleged by witnesses in courtroom
August 1982 – Chris Dawson submits an ‘antecedent report’ to police, and seeks a courtroom order for the dissolution of his marriage to Lynette on the idea of abandonment. He claims he is a ‘forlorn, deserted husband’ who tried to search out his spouse. He tells police the pair skilled marital difficulties as a consequence of Lyn´s financial institution spending.
It is granted two months later. He is awarded all marital belongings together with 2 Gilwinga Drive, as properly as custody of the youngsters.
October 1982 – Chris Dawson took his lacking spouse´s belongings in rubbish luggage to her mom´s home, together with a gross sales inspection for the Bayview home which confirmed she had not agreed to the sale of the property in December earlier than she went lacking.
Chris Dawson and JC on their wedding ceremony day in 1984 – two years after Lyn’s disappearance. Picture: Supplied
1983 – Chris requested for authorized recommendation from his solicitor buddy Jeff Linden to hunt a divorce, which is confirmed. He makes a proper affidavit for software of property settlement, claiming Lyn deserted the household residence.
Family and mates of Chris and Lynette journey to Bayview to go to Chris the place they discover JC was sporting Lyn´s rings.
January 1984 – Chris Dawson and JC marry and transfer to the Gold Coast later that 12 months. Chris has Lyn´s rings resized for JC.
Throughout 1984, Chris sought to have all of Lyn´s belongings together with her share within the Bayview home transferred to his identify and sells the house.
January 1985 – JC and Chris construct a house close to his brother Paul and his spouse Marilyn. JC provides start to the couple´s daughter, whereas Chris takes up a job at Keebra Park High and later strikes to Coombabah the place his brother taught.
Lyn´s buddy Sue Strath writes to the NSW Ombudsman´s workplace asking the watchdog to intervene over what she felt was the shortage of motion by police. Senior police declare there was nothing to point foul play or suspicion.
1985 – 1990 – JC calls her residence in Queensland with Chris ‘the compound’. Their relationship begins to deteriorate following the start of their daughter. She claims he was controlling and didn’t enable her a lot freedom. JC later mentioned she didn’t realise her state of affairs was uncommon till she interacted with different moms.
Chris Dawson exterior courtroom throughout his trial
Around 1987 or 1988, the brand new homeowners of the Bayview residence at Gilwinga Drive visits solicitor Jeff Linder about one thing else and the dialog turns to the disappearance of Lynette Dawson. Mr Linden is advised Chris Dawson just lately visited the house and requested the place the brand new proprietor was digging. No one reported the dialog to police. Jeff Linden has now claimed the dialog was chilling.
1990 – JC and Chris Dawson separate. She strikes again to Sydney with their daughter and contacts Lyn´s household and police, offering them details about the wedding. JC begins divorce proceedings.
Police conduct a survey of the Bayview property utilizing ground-penetrating radar however no digging is performed. They give attention to the world across the swimming pool however nothing is discovered.
May 17, 1990 – JC makes a report back to police during which she makes a number of critical allegations.
January 15, 1991 – Chris Dawson is interviewed by police at Beenleigh station in Queensland after the Lyn Dawson file was reopened. Senior police officer Paul Hulme was urged to look into the case by his spouse´s buddy, who was additionally mates with Lyn and contacted the Ombudsman in 1985. It is discovered that Lyn´s case file is nearly empty.
Chris Dawson (second from the correct) throughout a police interview in January 1991. Picture: Supplied.
1998 – Police reopen the investigation into Lynette Dawson´s disappearance with Detective Sergeant Damian Loone in cost of the investigation.
1999 – Paul and Chris’ telephones are tapped however the brothers by no means discuss Lyn or the police investigation. Paul and Marilyn are questioned by police the place Paul says he and his household had been on vacation on the time of Lyn´s disappearance. He claims she could have run off with a spiritual group. Paul tells police he was not conscious JC was with Christ once they left for Queensland in 1981 however Marilyn mentioned she remembers they stayed of their residence once they arrived again. She confesses she didn’t inform Lyn about it, however claims Lyn made ‘alternatives’ for her husband and the babysitter to be collectively. Marilyn mentioned Lyn didn’t struggle for her marriage to Chris.
Chris declines to be interviewed.
January 2000 – Police conduct restricted excavation in a small space across the pool on the Bayview home. A lady´s pink cardigan and popper container with 1981 expiry date had been each discovered. Cardigan was in items and appeared to have slash marks. It doesn’t connect with Lyn.
February 2001 – The first coronial inquest into Lynette Dawson´s disappearance is held. Deputy State Coroner Jan Stevenson says that Lynette Dawson was killed by somebody she knew and recommends fees being laid. The Director of Public Prosecutions refuses to put fees.
Gregory Simms and Pat Jenkins (centre), siblings of Lynette Dawson attend Glebe Coroner’s Court in 2001. Picture: Samantha Studdert
February 2003 – A second coronial inquest is held which recommends that Dawson be charged over 5 days. The DPP once more refuses to put fees.
August 2003 – DPP Nicholas Cowdery refuses to prosecute, claiming there is a scarcity of proof.
2013 – NSW Police supply a $100,000 reward for any data.
2014 – The reward is doubled to $200,000.
2015 – A 3rd police investigation begins with Detective Senior Constable Daniel Poole in cost.
May 2018 – The Teacher´s Pet podcast, by journalist Hedley Thomas, is launched. It racks up over 60 million downloads and earns Mr Thomas the Gold Walkley.
September 2018 – Police started digging within the yard of 2 Gilwinga Drive, Bayview. They don’t discover a physique.
Police digging exterior the previous Dawson residence
Chris Dawson is escorted by NSW Police detectives off a flight after being extradited from the Gold Coast
December 5, 2018 – Chris Dawson is arrested in Queensland and extradited to NSW the place he is charged with murder.
May 2022 – Chris Dawson’s Supreme Court trial earlier than Justice Ian Harrison commences.
August 30, 2022 – Judge finds Chris Dawson responsible of murdering his spouse.