Chris Dawson's family 'disappointed' over arrest for murder of Lynette

Chris Dawson and wife Lynette Dawson on their wedding day

Chris Dawson, the former husband of missing Sydney woman Lynette Dawson, will be extradited from Queensland to New South Wales where he is expected to be charged with her murder.

Lyn's niece, Renee Simms, also appeared on Studio 10 and thanked journalist Hedley Thomas for bringing her aunt's case back into the spotlight more than 30 years after her disappearance.

In September, police dug up the Dawsons' old home in Bayview on Sydney's northern beaches, but did not find any trace of Lynette Dawson's body.

Dawson, a Newtown rugby league player in the early 1970s, has always been a suspect in the case but denies any involvement in his wife's disappearance.

Lyn Dawson's family are seeking privacy at this time, but are relieved.

Chris Dawson, 70, will be extradited to New South Wales today, following his arrest yesterday on the Gold Coast, to face charges over the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson.

He insisted he wasn't a flight risk and understood the allegations were serious - but the magistrate ruled in favour of police, and Mr Dawson spent last night at Southport Watchhouse awaiting his extradition to NSW.

An inquest in 2003 found that Mr Dawson, a former high school teacher and rugby league star, had engaged in sexual relationships with teenage students during his marriage.

NSW police have stated they are comfortable with the strength of the case against Dawson despite not finding the body of Lyn.

The family of Chris Dawson has released a statement, defending him.




Mr Dawson held his head in his hands as the magistrate made his decision.

Nearly 40 years after Sydney mother Lynette Dawson disappeared, her husband spent his first night in police custody accused of her murder.

It is understood the airlines are concerned about taking Mr Dawson on board because of the strong interest in the case.

"Today is an important step forward in that". "I wouldn't have written to the DPP otherwise", he said.

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.

In 2015, New South Wales Police's Strike Force Striven was established to reinvestigate the case.

"We have no doubt whatsoever that Chris will be found not guilty as he is innocent".

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

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

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