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Teacher’s Pet subject Chris Dawson arrested over murder of Lyn Dawson

06 December 2018
Teacher’s Pet subject Chris Dawson arrested over murder of Lyn Dawson

Chris Dawson, 70, was arrested this morning over the death of his first wife Lynette, who went missing in Sydney's northern beaches in 1982.

The case has been brought back to light following the hugely successful crime podcast The Teacher's Pet, produced by The Australian.

The 33-year-old mother of two girls vanished from the couple's Bayview home on or around Saturday 9 January 1982.

Chris Dawson, has always been a suspect in the case but the former Newtown Jets rugby league player denies any involvement in her disappearance.

Her family, two coroners and the current NSW police commissioner think she was killed.

Just before 8am (local time) on Wednesday, Dawson was arrested by Queensland Police detectives in the presence of Strike Force Scriven investigators at Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast.

The former school teacher appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday where his application for bail was refused.

He then added: "We haven't given up hope in terms of finding Lynette Dawson's body".

An Australian man has been arrested after a podcast shed new light on the disappearance of his wife 36 years ago.

Fuller acknowledged that media reports had contributed to police obtaining additional statements relating to the case.

Mr Dawson's family released a statement yesterday, insisting he would be found not guilty. He held his head in his hands while the allegations against him were read out.

A number of airlines said they were reluctant to carry Mr Dawson due to his high profile and the potential of it becoming a security risk.

Mr Dawson will face a NSW court later this week.

Speaking to Studio 10 on Wednesday, Lynette Dawson's brother Greg Simms revealed his family was "over the moon" about the arrest.

Since Lynette's disappearance, Dawson claimed she had run away to life with a religious cult in a remote area of NSW.

"We are disappointed at the decision of the DPP as there is clear and uncontested evidence that Lyn Dawson was alive long after she left Chris and their daughters", the statement, from Chris' twin brother Peter said.

New South Wales Police's Strike Force Scriven was established in 2015 to reinvestigate the case.

Following extensive investigations, detectives requested the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions review their brief of evidence in April 2018.

Mr Dawson would be charged with murder by NSW police, and bail was opposed by Queensland police because of the seriousness of the alleged offence, the court heard.

Earlier this week, the ODPP provided advice to police, and following further inquiries, NSW Police detectives applied for an arrest warrant before travelling to Queensland.