MUR­DER COPS’ KEY WIT­NESS EMERGES

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - DER­RICK KRUSCHE

THE one-time teenage lover and wife of ac­cused mur­derer Chris Daw­son emerged on Syd­ney’s north­ern beaches yes­ter­day — a day af­ter it was re­vealed she is ex­pected to be the po­lice’s star wit­ness at his high-pro­file trial.

Now aged in her early 50s, neigh­bours say Joanne Cur­tis leads a quiet life in Dee Why and has spent al­most 30 years liv­ing in the same block of brick units af­ter leav­ing Daw­son in 1990.

The Daily Tele­graph re­vealed on Thurs­day Ms Cur­tis — who moved into Daw­son’s Bayview home when she was 16, only two days af­ter his wife Lyn dis­ap­peared in 1982 — has told in­ves­ti­ga­tors new in­for­ma­tion which led to the for­mer rugby league star’s sen­sa­tional ar­rest on the Gold Coast this week.

Ms Cur­tis emerged from her unit at 7.30am yes­ter­day with a young woman by her side and hopped into a wait­ing grey Toy­ota.

Hid­den be­hind sun­glasses, Ms Cur­tis de­clined to com­ment when ap­proached by The Satur­day Tele­graph.

She met Daw­son at Cromer High School in 1980 where he was work­ing as a sports teacher and they first had sex later the same year. The pair mar­ried in 1984, two years af­ter Lyn went miss­ing.

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