Chris Dawson’s former neighbour to tell his murder trial that Lynette Dawson claimed he called her a ‘fat and ugly b****h’ after she had given birth to the couple’s second child.
A statement from a woman Coral Clarke, who is too ill to testify in person, will state that Lyn told Ms Clarke about the hurtful comment which the accused allegedly levelled at her when she struggled to lose weight after their younger daughter was born, in 1979.
There was extensive legal argument on Monday on whether the evidence from Lyn’s neighbour Coral Clarke would be allowed into Mr Dawson’s murder trial.
Ms Clarke made a statement to police in December 2011, almost three decades after 33-year-old Lyn vanished from her home in Bayview on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Ms Clarke said Lyn came around one day and was upset and crying, and had told her about her husband’s cruel remarks.
The trial heard that schoolgirl JC who replaced Lynette as Chris Dawson’s said he chose clothes ‘that made me look older’ and ‘if I wanted specific clothes, I had to be a sex slave for 24 hours’
The trial will be the statement of a former neighbour of the Dawsons that Lyn told her after she struggled to lose weight following the birth of their second child, he called her ‘a fat and ugly b***h’
NSW Supreme Court Justice Ian Harrison told the court, after legal argument by Dawson’s lawyer against it being admitted, that it would not be ‘unfair evidence’.
‘A woman who had recently given birth to a child would remember a criticism that stinging,’ he said.
‘The unfair and hurtful comment stuck in Lynette Dawson’s s mind especially as a young mother.
‘It does not strike me as unusual Lynette Dawson would confide in another woman. She did not drive a car, nor live near her family and (was) relatively somewhat isolated. Clarke was neighbour.’
The trial heard on Tuesday that the schoolgirl babysitter JC who replaced Lyn Dawson as Chris Dawson’s wife had described to an author what she had to do to get new, attractive clothes.
Rebecca Hazel testified that she had written a yet unpublished book, The Schoolgirl, her Teacher and his Wife’ to focus on ‘the effect of people who go missing … and the women in the story’.
Helena Simms (above in 1975 with daughter Lyn and Chris Dawson) said she had regarded her son-in-law highly until her daughter vanished and he moved in the teenage babysitter
After Chris Dawson moved in JC (above the pair at their 1984 wedding) to the Bayview house, Lynette’s mother Helen Simms grew distant from the son-in-law she had once adored and she continued to search in vain for Lynette
Ms Hazel, who met JC when they both worked in a women’s refuge said JC told her that Chris Dawson told her what to wear and chose clothes, she said, ‘that made me look older’.
She said that JC had told her ‘if I wanted specific clothes, not what (Chris (Dawson) sanctioned I had to be a sex slave for 24 hours.’
A letter written by the confused and distraught mother of Lyn Dawson, Helena Simms, which was tendered to the trial shows Mrs Simms grief and bewilderment as she never stopped searching for her daughter.
In the four page letter, Mrs Simms appears to be continually bolstered then disappointed by her son-in-laws accounts of ‘telephone calls’ he said he received from Lyn and calls she ws meant to receive from her daughter.
In a note made about the hours and days after Lyn vanished on January 8, 1982, Mrs Simms writes that on January 10 ‘Lyn contacted Chris again’.
On January 12, Mrs Simms noted she had ‘waited in all day for her call which didn’t eventuate, Chris’s didn’t either’.
On January 15, she wrote, ‘I had a call from Chris around tea time saying he had heard from Lyn. He couldn’t recall if there had been any “PIPS” but she said she was NORTH and needed more time’.
Lyn Dawson with her two daughters and mother Helena Simms in January 1981, a year before she vanished, and after telling a neighbour Chris Dawson had called her ‘a fat and ugly b***h’ after her second pregnancy
Page of a sad letter written by missing Lynette Dawson’s desperate mother in which she notes on January 12, 1982, Helena Simms had ‘waited in all day for her call which didn’t eventuate’
In the letter, Helena recounts contacting hospitals and hospices, the Nurses Registration Board, (former) Senator (Michael) Baume, the Salvation Army and others.
She also writes, ‘Until recently I have held my son-in-law in high esteem and got along well with him.
‘But my faith has been shaken when for all his talk of wanting me to look after his two little girls, Lyn “goes” and he has introduced the teenager back into the home.’
Christopher Michael Dawson, 73, is accused of murdering his wife and disposing of her body in January 1982 so he could have an unfettered relationship with the babysitter. He has pleaded not guilty.
The Crown’s witnesses have attempted to paint Dawson as a violent, controlling, and abusive husband, with testimony emerging that Ms Dawson was seen variously with a black eye, and bruises around her throat and on her arms and thigh.
Witnesses said they saw him shove his wife’s face into the dirt, swing her into a doorframe, and demean her with insults such as ‘fatso’.
Lynette Dawson’s bewildered and distraught family for years searched for clues for the mother-of-two who vanished aged 33 in January 1982
Helena Simms (above with her granddaughters) died a broken woman after years of searching but never finding any trace of her beloved daughter, ‘my Lyn’
Helena Simms wrote that ‘until recently I have held my son-in-law in high esteem and got along well with him. But my faith has been shaken when for all his talk of wanting me to look after his two little girls, Lyn “goes” and he has introduced the teenager back into the home’
Dawson’s defence case is that Lyn left their marriage of her own accord and abandoned her two young daughters, then aged four and two.
His legal team argued the witnesses’ testimony was contaminated because they talked about the case with each other and listened to The Teacher’s Pet podcast about the case, arguing it was broadcast with an assumption that her husband was guilty.
They also argued police failed to probably investigate the possibility Lyn Dawson is still alive, and had tunnel vision about Chris Dawson’s alleged guilt.
Dawson claims JC’s allegations are lies spurred by a bitter custody battle after their 1990 break-up.
Post source: Daily mail