LAST @ August 31 | Convicted killer Chris Dawson spent his first night behind bars after being found guilty of murdering his wife Lynette Dawson more than 40 years ago.
The 74-year-old was immediately handcuffed and taken into custody after Judge Ian Harrison delivered the guilty verdict at the NSW Supreme Court yesterday.
The former Newtown Jets rugby league player and teacher had been charged with the murder of his wife Lynette after she disappeared from their home on Sydney’s northern beaches in January 1982.
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The prosecution claimed he killed the then 33-year-old to pursue a relationship with their teenage babysitter, known only as JC.
However, he had always maintained his innocence, saying the mother-of-two left of her own accord.
Justice Harrison dismissed that notion on Tuesday, calling the proposal “ridiculous.”
The judge also dismissed claims that Lynette was seen alive after January 1982 or that she contacted Dawson after that date.
“The body of circumstantial evidence convinces me that Lynette Dawson is deceased, that she died on or about January 8, 1982, and that she did not voluntarily abandon her home,” Judge Harrison said.
He dismissed Lynette’s reported sightings saying none were genuine and were either fabrications or vague.
Dawson is due to be moved to a maximum security prison in Sydney today, away from his comfortable Gold Coast home.
His lawyers have indicated they may file a bail application later this week, ahead of his sentencing date.