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Mon, 17 Dec, 2018Basmah Qazi

The detail that convinced a judge that Lyn Dawson didn’t abandon her children

The detail that convinced a judge that Lyn Dawson didn’t abandon her children

In January 1982, Lyn Dawson disappeared from her family home. Then, close to 40 years later, her husband Chris Dawson was arrested for her murder on December 6 at his Gold Coast home.

The former rugby league player argued that his wife abandoned him and their two daughters Shanelle and Sherryn to join a religious cult.

But senior crown prosecutor Craig Everson claims the evidence suggests otherwise, as the investigation has shown no signs of Lynette wanting to leave her family behind.

“She didn’t collect her last pay cheque … she left her contact lenses at home … her clothes were left behind, all of them,” Mr Everson told the court yesterday.

Those following The Teacher's Pet cold case will need to wait close to 18 months for the murder trial to begin.

Mr Dawson’s lawyer, Greg Walsh, reminded everyone that because one gets arrested, does not confirm that they are guilty.

“It is very important that his arrest and charge is not a determination of guilt – this man is entitled to the presumption of innocence; it’s a fundamental right,” he said.

Chris Dawson has claimed his innocence since the very beginning, saying he did not kill his wife Lynette Dawson.