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Chris Dawson launches appeal over murder conviction

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It comes two years after the former teacher and professional rugby league player was found guilty of killing his wife Lynette in 1982.
It comes two years after the former teacher and professional rugby league player was found guilty of killing his wife Lynette in 1982.

Chris Dawson has launched an appeal of his murder conviction.

It comes two years after the former teacher and professional rugby league player was found guilty of killing his wife Lynette in 1982. Lynette’s family has asked that she be referred to by her maiden name, Simms.

Dawson was already sentenced to serve at least 24 years in prison when he was convicted of sexual abuse last year, and sentenced to at least another two years.

Dawson was arrested in December 2018. Simms’ disappearance was the subject of the podcast The Teacher’s Pet.

Trials

Police began re-investigating Simms’ disappearance in 2015, before Dawson was arrested in 2018.

In December 2022, the 75-year-old was handed up to 24 years in jail for his wife’s murder.

Simms’ body has never been found.

In 2023, Dawson was found guilty of sexually abusing one of his students when he was a teacher on Sydney’s Northern beaches in the 1980s.

Chris Dawson’s appeal

The 75-year-old is attempting to have his murder charge overturned in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.

His case is expected to be heard over three days, starting today. If Dawson’s bid fails, he will be in prison until at least his early 90s.

In response to Dawson’s 2022 murder conviction, the NSW Parliament passed the ‘no body, no parole’ law. It means that a person in prison for murder, who hasn’t told police the location of their victim’s remains, cannot be released on parole.

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