Schoolgirl had to have ’24 hour’ sex with accused murderer to be bought new clothes
Chris Dawson’s former neighbor to tell his murder case that Lynette Dawson claimed he called her a “fat and ugly b****h” after she gave birth to the couple’s second child.
A statement from a woman Coral Clarke, who is too ill to testify in person, says Lyn told Ms Clarke about the hurtful comment the accused made at her as she struggled to lose weight after their youngest daughter was born, in 1979 .
There was an extensive legal debate Monday over whether the evidence from Lyn’s neighbor Coral Clarke would be admitted to the Dawson murder trial.
Ms Clarke made a statement to police in December 2011, nearly three decades after 33-year-old Lyn disappeared from her home in Bayview on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Mrs. Clarke said Lyn came by one day and was upset and crying, and told her about her husband’s cruel comments.
The trial heard that schoolgirl JC, who replaced Lynette as Chris Dawson’s, said he chose clothes “which made me look older” and “if I wanted specific clothes, I had to be a sex slave for 24 hours”
The lawsuit will be the statement of a former neighbor of the Dawsons that Lyn told her after she struggled to lose weight after the birth of their second child, calling her ‘a fat and ugly b***h’
NSW Supreme Court Justice Ian Harrison told the court, after Dawson’s attorney’s legal argument against admission, that it would not constitute ‘unfair evidence’.
“A woman who had recently had a child would remember that criticism,” he said.
“The unfair and hurtful comment stuck in Lynette Dawson’s mind, especially as a young mother.
“I don’t think it’s unusual for Lynette Dawson to confide in another woman. She did not drive a car, did not live near her family and (was) relatively isolated. Clarke was a neighbor.’
The trial heard Tuesday that 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Rebecca Hazel testified that she had written an unpublished book, “The Schoolgirl, her Teacher and his Wife,” to focus on “the effect of missing persons…and the women in the story.”
Helena Simms (above in 1975 with daughter Lyn and Chris Dawson) said she valued her son-in-law until her daughter disappeared and he got into teenage nanny
After Chris Dawson moved into the Bayview house in JC (above the couple at their 1984 wedding), Lynette’s mother Helen Simms became distant from the son-in-law she had once adored and continued to search in vain for Lynette
Ms. Hazel, who met JC when they both worked at a women’s shelter, said JC told her Chris Dawson told her what to wear and what to wear, she said, “which made me look older.”
She said JC told her “if I wanted specific clothes, not what (Chris (Dawson) had approved), I had to be a sex slave for 24 hours.”
A letter written by Lyn Dawson’s confused and distraught mother, Helena Simms, presented to the trial shows Ms Simms’ grief and bewilderment as she never stopped searching for her daughter.
In the four-page letter, Mrs. Simms appears to be continually strengthened and disappointed by her son-in-law’s accounts of “phone calls” he said he received from Lyn and phone calls she should have received from her daughter.
In a note made on the hours and days after Lyn disappeared on January 8, 1982, Mrs. Simms writes that on January 10, “Lyn contacted Chris again.”
On January 12, Ms Simms noted that she had “waited all day for her call that didn’t go through, and neither did Chris’s.”
On January 15, she wrote: “I got a call from Chris around tea time that he had heard from Lyn. He couldn’t remember if there had been “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 disappeared, and after telling a neighbor Chris Dawson had called her “a fat and ugly b***h” after her second pregnancy
Page of a sad letter written by the desperate mother of the missing Lynette Dawson, in which she notes on January 12, 1982 that Helena Simms had “waited all day for her phone call that did not come through”
In the letter, Helena talks about contact with hospitals and hospices, the Nurses Registration Board, (former) Senator (Michael) Baume, the Salvation Army and others.
She also writes: ‘Until recently, I had a lot of respect for my son-in-law and got on well with him.
“But my faith is shaken when, despite all his talk that he wanted me to take care of his two little girls, Lyn ‘goes’ and he has introduced the teenager back into the house.”
Christopher Michael Dawson, 73, is charged with murdering his wife and disposing of her body in January 1982 so he could have an unfettered relationship with the nanny. He has pleaded not guilty.
Crown witnesses have attempted to portray Dawson as an abusive, controlling and abusive husband, with testimonies citing 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 push his wife’s face into the sand, see her swing against a door frame, and humiliate her with insults like “fatso.”
The stunned and distraught family of Lynette Dawson searched for years for clues to the mother of two who disappeared in January 1982 at the age of 33.
Helena Simms (above with her granddaughters) died a broken woman after years of searching but never found any trace of her beloved daughter, ‘my Lyn’
Helena Simms wrote that ‘until recently I highly regarded my son-in-law and got on well with him. But my faith is shaken when, despite all his talk that he wanted me to take care of his two little girls, Lyn ‘goes’ and he has introduced the teenager back into the house.”
Dawson’s defense case is that Lyn left their marriage of her own accord, abandoning her two young daughters, then four and two years old.
His legal team argued that the witnesses’ testimony was 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 husband was guilty.
They also argued that the police probably did not 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 after their 1990 split.