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Pink cardigan dug up no DNA link to Lynette Dawson, but pool paved soon after alleged murder

A shredded pink vest unearthed from Lynette Dawson’s home 16 years after she was reportedly murdered has no DNA link to the mother of two, the Chris Dawson murder trial was heard on Friday.

Former Detective Damian Loone told the NSW Supreme Court on Friday that police have considered Lynette Dawson may be buried by the pool because the surrounding ground had been paved shortly after she disappeared.

Asked during a cross-examination how this idea came about, Mr Loone said it was during an interview with JC, the schoolgirl nanny who had replaced Lynette as Chis Dawson’s partner and later his wife.

The lawsuit had previously heard JC swim topless and naked in the pool while living at the Dawson home on Gillwinga Drive in Bayview in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and babysit the couple’s two young daughters before Lyn disappeared.

“She was swimming in the pool and when she got out of the pool and put her hands on the pool to get out and it was dirty, and some time after that it was paved,” he said.

When asked by Dawson’s attorney Pauline David why he had “concluded that Lynette Dawson might be buried there,” Loone said the police had received “a lot of anonymous phone calls. Everyone believed she was buried under the pool.”

Pieces of pink vest unearthed at the Dawson family's home 16 years after Lynette's disappearance were analyzed, but no link could be found to the missing woman

Pieces of pink vest unearthed at the Dawson family’s home 16 years after Lynette’s disappearance were analyzed, but no link could be found to the missing woman

Former Detective Damian Loone denied telling anyone that Lynette Dawson (above) was 'under the pool' at the Bayview property where she was last seen

Former Detective Damian Loone denied telling anyone that Lynette Dawson (above) was ‘under the pool’ at the Bayview property where she was last seen

Police searched the house at 2 Gillwinga Drive, Bayview, where Lynette Dawson lived with husband Chris and their two young children, and disappeared in January 1982.

Police searched the house at 2 Gillwinga Drive, Bayview, where Lynette Dawson lived with husband Chris and their two young children, and disappeared in January 1982.

A subsequent search turned up the vest, but Mr Loone said forensic analysis could not link it to Ms Dawson.

no positive result had come back when pieces of the vest, which had been unearthed by police at the 2 Gillwinga Drive home, 16 years after Lyn Dawson was last seen there in January 1982, had been analyzed.

Mr Loone agreed with Crown Prosecutor Craig Everson SC that “nothing relevant from that vest” that linked it to Lyn Dawson had been discovered.

The court heard that in the absence of finding Lynette Dawson’s body, it was up to the prosecution to prove that she is dead, let alone that Dawson was responsible.

After Dawson’s attorney objected to evidence that police had found no trace of Lyn on “proof of life” checks, Judge Ian Harrison said it was “a matter for the Crown to determine beyond reasonable doubt that Lynette Dawson is dead’.

‘It is notorious that Lynette Dawson’s body has not been found,’ the judge said, ‘or has been admitted to oblige the Crown to determine that otherwise she is not alive.

Chris Dawson's trial for the alleged 1982 murder of his first wife Lynette (above the couple together) has been going on for more than five weeks and is expected to conclude by the end of June

Chris Dawson’s trial for the alleged 1982 murder of his first wife Lynette (above the couple together) has been going on for more than five weeks and is expected to conclude by the end of June

Detective Loone said the pool edges at the Dawson house (above) were paved shortly after Lyn's disappearance and

Detective Loone said the pool edges at the Dawson house (above) were paved shortly after Lyn’s disappearance and “everyone” thought she was “buried under”

“Inquiries have been made to a range of agencies, including births, marriages and deaths in various states, banking institutions, the Immigration Service and other entities with which a living person (expected) might have come into contact.”

Dawson’s attorney, Pauline David, had objected to a summary of the police’s “proof-of-life checks of … bank accounts, Medicare, tax returns … the passport office” and her bank accounts, saying that full lists are required for that. of passengers on flights dating back to 1982.

Ms. David criticized the former detective for treating it like a murder case rather than a missing persons case, accusing him of being “incapable” of keeping an open mind; which he denied.

Former Detective Damian Loone said sightings of Lynette Dawson, including one of her in her nurse's uniform, were not credible and she was not registered as a nurse after her disappearance

Former Detective Damian Loone said sightings of Lynette Dawson, including one of her in her nurse’s uniform, were not credible and she was not registered as a nurse after her disappearance

Damian Loone said he believed the story of former schoolgirl JC that she believed the person she replaced as Chris Dawson's wife (above Chris and Lyn Dawson together) had been murdered

Damian Loone said he believed the story of former schoolgirl JC that she believed the person she replaced as Chris Dawson’s wife (above Chris and Lyn Dawson together) had been murdered

The detective said that when Chris Dawson claimed he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance in a police interrogation in 1991 (above), he had given

The detective said that when Chris Dawson claimed he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance in a police interrogation in 1991 (above), he had given “a version” of events

“Your case theory was that Lynette Dawson was dead and Chris Dawson killed her,” Mrs. David told Mr. Loone, to which he replied, “Yes.”

When asked if he was “unable to consider any other evidence,” Mr Loone replied, “I disagree,” and said he had followed up on a “sighting” from Lyn, but that had been disregarded.

Ms David’s asked the detective why he rejected Chris Dawson’s claims in a 1991 police interview recorded that he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance.

Loone said the accused gave “a version” of events.

When asked why he hadn’t informed a coroner’s inquest about sightings of Lyn Dawson in the years following her disappearance, Mr Loone said: ‘We would have done diligent investigations and those sightings were not confirmed’.

Ms David also asked Mr Loone why he hadn’t warned JC – or thought she might be lying due to her own bitter custody battle – about her allegations to police that Chris Dawson was responsible for Lyn’s disappearance.

“She was a young girl, as far as I’m concerned there was no motive for her,” he said. “I spoke to her and her answers turned out to be truthful.”

Christopher Michael Dawson, 73, is charged with murdering his wife and disposing of her body in January 1982 so that he could have an unfettered relationship with JC. He has stated that he is not guilty of the charges.

His defense case is that Lyn left their marriage of his own accord, abandoning her two young daughters, then four and two years old.

The murder trial began in early May and is entering its fifth week, with a week-long delay interrupting proceedings when Mr Everson contracted Covid.

Crown witnesses have attempted to portray Dawson as an abusive, controlling and abusive husband, with testimonies citing that Ms Dawson had been seen variously with a black eye and bruises around her throat and on her arms and thigh.

Witnesses said they saw him push his wife’s face into the sand, throw her against a door frame and humiliate her with insults like “fatso.”

Dawson’s legal team has argued that the witnesses’ testimony is tainted because they talked to each other about the case and listened to The Teacher’s Pet podcast about the case, arguing that it was broadcast with the assumption that her man was guilty.

They have also argued that police likely failed to investigate whether Lyn Dawson is still alive and had tunnel vision about Chris Dawson’s alleged guilt.

Dawson claims JC’s allegations are lies spurred on by a bitter custody battle that took place after their 1990 split.

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