Teacher’s Pet Killer Chris Dawson Loses Appeal Against Murder Conviction

Chris Dawson faced court last month to appeal his conviction for murdering his first wife Lynette Simms over four decades ago. Today, a panel of three judges rejected his appeal.

33-year-old Lynette Joy Simms went missing in 1982 and her body has never been found.

Chris Dawson was charged with her murder in 2018, after becoming infatuated with pursuing a teenager who worked as his babysitter.

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The Court of Criminal Appeal denied the appeal from the former Sydney teacher, who is currently serving a 24-year jail sentence.

The judges acknowledged that the lengthy term and his poor health will likely mean he will die behind bars.

Dawson’s lawyer argued that Lynette Simms may have instead run away. He also claimed that Dawson was disadvantaged in supplying evidence as the trial occurred 40 years later.

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