Teacher's pod Pet was so popular that suspect Chris Dawson could get a fair trial, the magistrate claims
- Chris Dawson, 71, pleaded not guilty of killing his wife Lynette
- Lynette Dawson disappeared from the northern beaches of Sydney in 1982
- The case was the subject of a very popular series of research podcasts
- Veteran Sydney magistrate warned that media investigations could harm the trial
An experienced magistrate in Sydney has warned that a report of the Chris Dawson case could harm his trial.
The former teacher, 71, appeared in the Downing Center Local Court on Thursday after pleading for the non-murder of his wife Lynette Dawson.
He was also accused in June with carnal knowledge of a girl between 10 and 17 years.
Lynette was missing on the northern beaches of Sydney in 1982.
Chris Dawson appeared in the Downing Center Local Court on Thursday after being charged with the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson in December
Dawson was charged in December for the disappearance of his then wife Lynette (photo) on the northern beaches of Sydney in 1982
The case was the subject of the very popular research podcast series The Teacher & Pet, which led to questions about the fairness of the process.
Producers of the podcast, the Australian newspaper, did it when Mr. Dawson was first arrested, but it is still available on social media.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Michael Allen said he was concerned that the confidence of the community in the legal system could be undermined by the media investigation.
He said that in the 35 years that he was involved in criminal law, he had not received a case in the media that broadly and intensively.
As media organizations or individuals & # 39; the trust of the community in the legal system & # 39; take away for their own commercial gain, & # 39; we will all end up in a very dark place & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; Someone should live in a cave or be extremely naive to perhaps ignore the potential for dishonesty for someone who receives this level of media research so widely and during this period. & # 39;
In the days after his wife disappeared, babysitter Joanne Curtis (photo), who had a sexual relationship with Dawson (left), entered the house. She would later marry Dawson and have a daughter before the couple broke up
He said the law was there to ensure that guilty people were punished and innocent people released.
& # 39; It is also here to ensure that people, even guilty people … are assured of a fair, transparent process (s) correct and proper procedure. & # 39;
Although the podcast has been deleted in Australia, it is still accessible from abroad.
During the discussion on subpoenas and other legal issues, Mr. Dawson & # 39; attorney Greg Walsh referred to his client who is constantly described as & # 39; a killer & # 39 ;.
He said it was a & # 39; significant concern & # 39; was because it is disadvantageous for his client.
A hearing with committers was scheduled for 10 February. The case will be mentioned again on September 19.
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