Chris Dawson ARRESTED Over Cold Case Murder Of Lyn Dawson

Lynette Dawson

Lynette Dawson

Just before 8am on Wednesday police arrested Dawson, 70, a former teacher and rugby league player with the Newtown Jets, at his home in Coolum on the Gold Coast.

Some of the additional material surfaced as a result of The Australian newspaper's investigative podcast, The Teacher's Pet.

The Australian today revealed key witnesses that form part of the police case include Curtis and a former northern beaches schoolgirl who kept diaries from the time she knew Curtis and Mr Dawson.

In 2015, New South Wales Police's Strike Force Striven was established to reinvestigate the case.

"Without a body, without knowing first of all whether in fact she is dead, without knowing secondly if she is dead, how she died, it's very hard to mount a case of a reasonable prospect of conviction just on motive and the undefined existence of means and opportunity".

Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Scriven detectives requested the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) review their brief of evidence in April 2018.

Paul Dawson applied for bail, promising to drive himself to Sydney for the court appearance. In what appears to be a clear reference to hit podcast series The Teacher's Pet, he said those additional statements "were the by-product of the media and the work that the media has done".

"They were predominantly statements from witnesses that helped us tie pieces of the puzzle together", he said.

Chris Dawson, the husband of missing Northern Beaches woman Lynette Dawson, has been refused bail in Southport Court.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the new witness statements would form part of the prosecution case
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the new witness statements would form part of the prosecution case

Mr Dawson told Lynette's family that she needed time away, and he did not report her missing to police for nearly six weeks.

It was also critical of how police investigated the case.

NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller said Lynette Dawson's family were relieved. No trace of Mrs Dawson has ever been found. Supt. Scott Cook, the head of New South Wales homicide squad, said in a news release Wednesday.

"That information enabled New South Wales Police to get an arrest warrant for a 70-year-old man now living in Queensland", Fuller told reporters Wednesday.

"We have sold homicide before without identifying the body", he continued.

In a statement, the Dawson family said it was disappointed.

Mr Fuller said finding Ms Dawson's remains was "not crucial to finalising the matter", however investigators had not given up hope of doing so.

Speaking to A Current Affair last night, Simms said he was "stunned" by today's development but was staying hopeful.

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