Chris Dawson Granted Bail Ahead Of Murder Trial
Accused wife-killer Chris Dawson will be released from Silverwater Prison after he was granted bail to live in Queensland during the trial.
Magistrate Robert Williams handed down his the bail decision just after 2pm on Monday, saying he did not believe the 70-year-old was a flight risk.
On hearing that he would be released, Dawson -- who was appearing via video link -- did not speak, just simply lifting his head to see the proceedings.
“He has had prior opportunity to leave the jurisdiction however has remained,” he said.
It means just over a week after he was extradited from Queensland, Dawson is now free to return. It could take two years for a trial to begin, with 5000 pages of evidence expected to be compiled.
In a hearing on Friday, Dawson’s lawyer Peter Walsh had promised to post a $1.5 million surety for his release, made up of both Chris, and his brother Peter Dawson’s homes.
"This is far from a strong crown case it's based on circumstantial evidence,” he told the court.
“There's no forensic evidence at the matrimonial home of foul play."
Walsh also revealed to the court, they have a witness – a 99-year-old – who will swear she saw Lynette Dawson alive after her disappearance in January 1982.
But Crown prosecutor Craig Everson said the conclusion that Lynette died was “irresistible” given she left all her possessions at home, including clothes and contact lenses, and didn’t have a drivers licence.
He also told the court Chris Dawson had spoken back then, about how to get rid of his wife.
"There was another young girl... who the crown will rely on at trial. That (a witness) had said something to her about a hitman back then," he said.
The case will return to court on February 14.