Daw­son star wit­ness out of shad­ows

The West Australian - - THE TEACHER’S PET - 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 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 units af­ter leav­ing Mr Daw­son in 1990.

It was re­vealed on Thurs­day that Ms Curtis — who moved into Mr Daw­son’s Bayview home when she was 16, only two days af­ter his wife Lynette dis­ap­peared in 1982 — has told in­ves­ti­ga­tors new in­for­ma­tion which led to the for­mer rugby league star’s 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 got into a wait­ing grey Toy­ota.

Ms Curtis de­clined to com­ment.

She met Mr 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 Lynette went miss­ing.

They later di­vorced.

Pic­ture: John Grainger

Joanne Curtis leaves her Dee Why Unit yesterday.

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