D-day for convicted teacher’s pet wife killer Chris Dawson: Here’s how long he faces jail time as he returns to court for sentencing
- Former Newtown Jets star Chris Dawson, 74, will be sentenced on Friday
- He was found guilty of murdering his wife Lynette 13 weeks ago by the NSW Supreme Court
- The sentencing ended a four-decade mystery over his disappearance
Almost 40 years after killing his wife Lynette and disposing of her body, Sydney teacher Chris Dawson will face what could be decades in prison.
Judge Ian Harrison is expected to conclude a four-decade long wait for Ms Dawson’s family on Friday, handing down his sentence against the convicted woman killer at the NSW Supreme Court.
The decision comes more than 13 weeks after the judge found the 74-year-old guilty of murder and three weeks after his brother-in-law called him a “monster accomplice” during a sentencing hearing.
Dawson was convicted of murdering his wife in January 1982 for having an unfettered relationship with a high school student who was also his babysitter, known as JC.
Judge Ian Harrison is set to conclude a four-decade long wait for Ms Dawson’s family on Friday, handing down his sentence against convicted wife killer Chris Dawson (pictured) at the NSW Supreme Court
Dawson was convicted of murdering his wife (pictured together) in January 1982 for having an uninhibited relationship with a high school student who was also his babysitter, known as JC
During the sentencing hearing, Crown Attorney Craig Everson SC said Dawson planned a “deliberate and conscious act” of domestic violence with the intent to kill.
He said a crime of “very great hate” required a life sentence.
Dawson’s attorney, Greg Walsh, disputed claims that the crime was at the highest level in terms of objective seriousness.
Mr Walsh said the former Newtown Jets rugby league player had already suffered from the “most constant and blatant publicity” in four decades.
Almost 40 years after killing his wife Lynette (pictured) and disposing of her body, Sydney teacher and former Newtown Jets player Chris Dawson will face what could be decades in prison
His health was also deteriorating, the court heard, with Dawson showing signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain condition often experienced by those involved in contact sports.
Dawson appealed his conviction.
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