Chris Dawson Released On Bail In Time For Christmas
Chris Dawson has been freed on bail in time for Christmas.
The 70-year-old walked from Silverwater Correction Centre with his brother Peter on Monday, after the courts accepted paperwork for his $1.5 million bail deal.
Dawson had been granted bail over a week ago but had to submit paperwork including mortgage documents and title deeds for the two properties that have been put up as surety for his release.
He was arrested on December 5 over the alleged murder of his wife Lyn in 1982, but his release has been delayed over the complex bail application.
Dawson's family had offered a surety of $1.5 million to secure his release, with his lawyers proposing he be able to live with his family in Coolum, Queensland, as he awaits trial.
Peter Dawson, Chris’ brother, owns one of the properties offered as surety, and he was at Parramatta Local court on Monday to file the papers.
“Merry Christmas,” he told reporters.
Earlier Dawson’s lawyer Greg Walsh said it had been a difficult process.
“I went to Coolangatta to meet with Susan [Dawson’s third wife] to get all the documents that she had and was stuck on the tarmac for 7.5 hours,” he said.
Dawson is due to be released mid-afternoon, and won’t have to return to Sydney until his next court date in February next year.
Until then, he has strict bail conditions, including surrendering his passport and agreeing to not to go outside of a 20km radius of his home.
Lyn Dawson was 33 when she disappeared from their Northern Beaches home in 1982, leaving behind two young daughters.
Her husband reported her missing almost six weeks later, and her body has never been found.
The case was the subject of The Australian newspaper's investigative podcast 'The Teacher's Pet'.
After more than three decades, NSW Police reopened the cold case in 2015, with fresh statements from at least two witnesses leading to Dawson's arrest on the Gold Coast on December 5.