Chris Dawson's family 'disappointed' over arrest for murder of Lynette

Lynette Dawson

The 70-year-old was arrested on the Gold Coast on Wednesday morning and taken to Southport Police Station.

However, police on Wednesday said the arrest followed three years of renewed investigations.

The mystery case gained global media attention and a cult following, with The Teacher's Pet podcast trending internationally and attracting 27 million listeners around the world.

Curtis moved into the family home two days after Lyn went missing.

"Earlier this week, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions provided advice to police, and following further inquiries, detectives applied for an arrest warrant before travelling to Queensland", NSW Police said in a statement on Wednesday morning.

Describing it as a "voluminous" evidence brief, Fuller said the additional evidence - including two discovered through podcast - had "helped us tie pieces of the puzzle together".

"We won't give up on trying to identify the whereabouts of Lynette Dawson, but, from our perspective, it is not crucial to finalising the matter".

Ms Barnes argued that her client had a brother in NSW with whom he could live if bail was granted and said Mr Dawson was happy to check in at a local police station regularly.

Magistrate Dennis Kinsella denied Mr Dawson's bail application, saying he was an unacceptable risk of failing to appear.

The Commander of the NSW Homicide Squad, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, said Mr Dawson was "calm" but "taken aback" when he was taken into custody.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the new witness statements would form part of the prosecution case
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the new witness statements would form part of the prosecution case

Dawson's family said in a statement they had no doubt he'd be found innocent. Once he returns to NSW he will be formally interviewed by police, and is expected to be charged with her murder.

Dawson, the subject of globally acclaimed podcast "The Teacher's Pet", has always maintained innocence following Lynette's disappearance in 1982.

It has highlighted the bungled handling of the Dawson case by police in the early years after her disappearance, prompting an apology so many years later from the state's police commissioner.

"NSW police will seek an extradition". "Certainly we have solved homicide cases before without identifying the body", he said.

Fuller said two additional witnesses have come forward since April.

"For it to finally happen it nearly doesn't seem real yet to me".

Police, who have conducted several digs at the Dawson's Bayview home in Sydney to find Lynette's body, said they have amassed "an enormous amount of evidence".

"I have said from the start, what is important to me was just as important for Lynette Dawson and her family", he said.

"We have to also ensure Chris gets due process".




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