Wife killer Chris Dawson jailed for 24 years

In one of Australia’s longest-running cold cases, a former high school teacher was convicted guilty of killing his wife and received a 24-year prison term.

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Wife killer Chris Dawson jailed for 24 years

The sentence was given on Friday by New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Ian Harrison after Chris Dawson was found guilty in August of killing his wife Lynette in 1982.

Harrison, the only judge hearing the case, concluded that Dawson killed his wife in order to begin a new life with a student who was then 16 and watched the children for the family.
The criminal story served as the inspiration for Hedley Thomas, an Australian investigative journalist, to create the popular podcast “Teacher’s Pet” in 2018.

Despite the lack of tangible proof of Dawson’s involvement in his wife’s alleged demise, the verdict was upheld. Her remains have never been located.
Dawson, 74, won’t be eligible for early release as long as the body is missing because of a new “no body, no parole” state statute, despite the fact that the sentence entails an 18-year non-parole period.

The “Teacher’s Pet” podcast looked into the police inquiry and acquired fresh information, including testimonies claiming that Dawson, a former professional rugby player who became a teacher, was having sex with one of his students when his wife vanished 40 years ago.

In lieu of admitting culpability, Dawson had entered a plea of not guilty, alleging that his wife had abandoned him and their two young children when they were just 2 and 4 years old.

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