Dawson to face murder charge back in NSW

Dawson to face murder charge back in NSW

In 2015, NSW Police established Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding Dawson's disappearance and suspected murder.

Chris Dawson returns to Sydney today for the start of what will become of Australia's most sensational court cases.

NSW Police confirmed the arrest of a 70-year-old man had taken place around 8am (AEST) on Wednesday in Queensland.

The 70-year-old was arrested by detectives on Wednesday morning at his Queensland home.

Describing it as a "voluminous" evidence brief, Fuller said the additional evidence - including two discovered through podcast - had "helped us tie pieces of the puzzle together".

It also emerged last night the former babysitter for Chris and Lyn Dawson was a new witness who may be called to give evidence.

Dawson has always denied killing his wife, saying she abandoned the family on January 9 1982 to join a religious group.

Lyn Dawson's family are seeking privacy at this time, but are relieved.

"There are other examples in policing history and history of the courts where people have been convicted of murder without a body", he told reporters. He said depending on the court process, he could be bailed to a Sydney court in three or four weeks.

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In recent months it has captivated the world after The Australian's investigative podcast series The Teacher's Pet, for which reporter Hedley Thomas and producer Slade Gibson won the Gold Walkley, Australian journalism's highest honour.

A forensic search of the home the Dawsons once shared in Bayview was undertaken.

But NSW Detective Superintendent Scott Cook insists investigators are confident in the strength of their case. "It is my understanding that there were two additional statements were the byproduct of the media and the work that the media has done, but essentially the case rests on the work of Dan Pool and the Unsolved Homicide Squad".

The body of the mother of two has never been recovered.

In September a team of NSW police spent several days digging areas around the former Dawson family home, including by a swimming pool, where police believed it was possible Ms Dawson had been buried.

Commissioner Fuller said police have not given up on finding her remains. "Certainly we have solved homicide cases before without identifying the body", he said.

On Wednesday police arrested Chris Dawson, the husband of the missing woman, and charged him with her murder.

Detectives allege Mrs Dawson was having financial trouble when she disappeared and will argue that, because she had organised a family portrait and her children were due to return to school, she did not plan to disappear suddenly of her own accord.

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