Chris Dawson will take location of Lynette’s body to his grave, victim’s niece believes
Chris Dawson will take the location of his wife Lynette’s body to his grave, a family member believes.
That’s because the convicted murderer has “convinced himself he didn’t do it”, according to Lynette’s niece Renee Simms.
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After Dawson was found guilty in the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday, Lynette’s family has pleaded for him to “find it in himself” to reveal the location of the mother-of-two’s body, 40 years after she was murdered.
Outside court, the victim’s family made it clear their journey was not over.
“This is a milestone in our journey, however she is still missing,” Lynette’s brother Greg Simms said.
“We would ask Chris Dawson to find it in himself to do the decent thing and allow us to put Lyn to rest.”
However, asked on Sunrise if she believed Dawson would reveal the location, Renee Simms said she didn’t.
“I don’t think he will, no,” she said, adding, “I feel like he’s convinced himself he didn’t do it”.
Simms, who was in the court when the verdict was read out, also revealed Dawson went “a very bright shade of red” when Justice Ian Harrison said, “guilty”.
“I don’t think he was feeling very good about it,” she said.
She also said the family was “absolutely” unsurprised by an expected appeal by Dawson, but still trying to come to terms with the verdict.
Chris Dawson’s twin Paul and other brother Peter did not comment on the verdict as they scuffled with and swore at TV camera crews outside court.
Justice Harrison said Dawson murdered his wife in January 1982 because he was so tortured at the thought of losing his teenage lover.
In an almost five-hour judgement read to two packed courtrooms on Tuesday, Justice Harrison found Dawson guilty of murder – concluding a 40-year-old mystery and leading to jubilant applause and cheering from those listening.
“I am left in no doubt. I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the only rational inference (is that) Lynette Dawson died on or about 8 January 1982 as a result of conscious or voluntary act committed by Christopher Dawson,” the NSW Supreme Court judge said.
The former PE teacher was “so distressed, frustrated and ultimately overwhelmed” that he could not have an unfettered relationship with his teenage babysitter, known as JC, that he plotted to kill his wife and install his young lover in his family home days after the murder.
Justice Harrison rejected the possibility Lynette Dawson abandoned her husband and children to vanish without a trace from their home on Sydney’s northern beaches.
– With AAP
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