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The Australian - - FRONT PAGE - SAM BUCK­ING­HAM-JONES

Chris Daw­son will spend the next week be­hind bars and has asked his lawyer to en­ter a plea of not guilty to al­le­ga­tions he mur­dered his wife, Lynette, as de­tec­tives re­vealed they be­lieved he killed her be­tween 9pm and 7am on the night she went miss­ing in 1982.

The 70-year-old faced a NSW court for the first time yes­ter­day, sit­ting, arms crossed, on an au­dio­vi­sual screen be­fore mag­is­trate Robert Wil­liams in Syd­ney’s Cen­tral Lo­cal Court.

He had been charged ear­lier in the day by homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tors with Lyn’s mur­der, af­ter be­ing flown from the Gold Coast in Queens­land where he was ar­rested on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Court doc­u­ments re­veal po­lice will al­lege Mr Daw­son mur­dered the 33-year-old nurse and mother on the night of Fri­day, Jan­uary 8, or the morn­ing of Satur­day, Jan­uary 9, 1982, at Bayview on Syd­ney’s north­ern beaches, where they lived.

Mr Daw­son said lit­tle dur­ing court. He an­swered, “Yes, yes I am, sir”, when asked if he was Christo­pher Daw­son, and said, “Thank you”, when the mat­ter fin­ished.

Mr Daw­son’s lawyer, Greg Walsh, told the court his client would ap­ply for bail next Fri­day and there was a lot of ma­te­rial to in­clude.

“I think it’s the sort of case Your Hon­our will need some as­sis­tance,” he said. “Given the com­plex­ity of the back­ground of it.”

The Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tion’s lawyer, Daniel Noll, asked for more time given “the amount of ma­te­rial” and the Christ­mas hol­i­days. Mr Wil­liams or­dered the brief of ev­i­dence against Mr Daw­son be filed by Fe­bru­ary 14, when the case will re­turn to court. “Bail not ap­plied for, re­fused,” he said.

Mr Walsh said out­side court he had been con­tacted by Mr Daw­son’s brother, Pe­ter Daw­son, about 6pm on Wed­nes­day and had spent the night read­ing part of a large vol­ume of ma­te­rial.

“My in­struc­tions are that on the next oc­ca­sion he will be en­ter­ing a plea of not guilty, and he will be stren­u­ously de­fend­ing the al­le­ga­tions,” Mr Walsh said.

“This man, Chris Daw­son, is en­ti­tled to the pre­sump­tion of in­no­cence.

“He will plead not guilty, he stren­u­ously as­serts his in­no­cence. He should be af­forded that fun­da­men­tal right.”

Mr Walsh de­scribed The Aus- tralian’s The Teacher’s Pet pod­cast as com­ing from “a par­tic­u­lar ide­o­log­i­cal view” that his client was guilty, and said there was ev­i­dence Lyn was seen af­ter Jan­uary 9, 1982. He said he had not lis­tened to the pod­cast.

“There are also two very im­por­tant bank card trans­ac­tions some weeks af­ter, two or three weeks, ap­prox­i­mately, af­ter her dis­ap­pear­ance and in those days they didn’t have the elec­tronic means they have to­day in op­er­at­ing elec­tronic credit cards,” Mr Walsh said.

“Those trans­ac­tions, re­gret­tably, were never in­ves­ti­gated by the po­lice.”

One jour­nal­ist asked Mr Walsh, “So does Mr Daw­son be­lieve his wife is still alive?”

Mr Walsh: “I haven’t par­tic­u­larly asked him that ques­tion and he doesn’t know. He hon­estly doesn’t know.”

Mr Daw­son was “anx­ious and stressed about the sit­u­a­tion”.

Lyn dis­ap­peared leav­ing be­hind two daugh­ters.

Her body has never been found, though in­ves­ti­ga­tors said they were con­fi­dent of a suc­cess­ful prose­cu­tion.

‘This man, Chris Daw­son, is en­ti­tled to the pre­sump­tion of in­no­cence’ GREG WALSH LAWYER

JOHN GRAINGER

Chris Daw­son ar­rives in Syd­ney af­ter be­ing ex­tra­dited from Queens­land

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