Chris Dawson has been threatened in prison and is seeking special protection two days after he was found guilty of the murder of his wife Lyn 40 years ago, his lawyer says.
The 74-year-old former rugby league player stood in his prison greens before the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday after a judge found he had killed his wife and disposed of her body in January 1982 because he was the family’s babysitter was in love.
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Dawson was taken to Silverwater Jail after Tuesday’s verdict and had endured “constant threats” to his life, his attorney Greg Walsh told Judge Ian Harrison.
Chris Dawson is due to be sentenced on November 11.
On Tuesday afternoon, Dawson’s lawyer, Greg Walsh, told the NSW Supreme Court that an appeal would be made.
“Mr Dawson has always maintained and continues to maintain his absolute innocence of the crime for which he was convicted and he will continue to maintain that innocence and will certainly appeal.”
Walsh told reporters the former rugby league player suffers from physical health issues and cognitive problems, including a diagnosis of dementia.
“I think in terms of sentencing, his problem with brain atrophy is a very important consideration because prison is going to be a lot harder for him,” he told the press.
Lynette’s body has still not been found
Lynette Dawson’s body was never found, despite extensive searches of the Bayview property the couple once shared.
Meanwhile, Homicide Commander Danny Doherty said the police investigation was still ongoing despite the gratifying conviction.
“Our efforts and investigations to locate Lyn’s remains continue, and we again urge anyone who has information that may assist us to get in touch with us,” he said in a statement Thursday.
“After a journey of more than 40 years, we hope to give Lyn’s family a chance to say goodbye.”
On Thursday, a police source told the Daily Telegraph that Dawson was believed to have traveled to the Central Coast on January 9, 1982 – the day after Lynette was said to have been murdered.
However, investigators do not know her exact whereabouts, the source said.
Detective Damian Loone, who investigated Lynette’s disappearance from 1998 to 2015, said he had never heard of the Central Coast theory and any speculation about her whereabouts was just that — speculation.
“It’s a guess as to where Lyn might be,” Loone told Sunrise on Thursday.
– With digital staff
https://7news.com.au/news/crime/convicted-wife-killer-chris-dawson-has-received-constant-threats-in-jail-lawyer-says-c-8078997 Convicted wife-killer Chris Dawson has received “constant threats” in prison, according to a lawyer