警察は、教師のペットが目撃者に与える影響を懸念しています, クリスドーソン殺人裁判は聞く

リネット・ドーソンの失踪に関する主任捜査官は、法廷で、ジャーナリストのヘドリー・トーマスがポッドキャスト「The Teacher’sPet」を通じて証拠を汚染した可能性があるかどうかについて懸念していると述べました。.

Detective Senior Constable Daniel Poole returned to the ニューサウスウェールズ州 supreme court on Wednesday to give evidence in Christopher Michael Dawson’s murder trial.

Dawson, 今 73, is accused of murdering his wife and disposing of her body in January 1982 so he could have an unfettered relationship with one of his former high school students, JCとして知られています, while holding onto assets such as the family home in Bayview, シドニー.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charge and denies any involvement in his wife’s disappearance.

Poole said concerns had been raised about how witnesses’ recollection of events around Mrs Dawson’s disappearance four decades ago could be negatively impacted by either listening to The Teacher’s Pet podcast or speaking with Thomas.

He agreed with statements from Dawson’s barrister, Pauline David, that care had to be taken to ensure witnesses were impartial when giving statements to the police.

“The difficulty with unconscious contamination is that the person believes what they are saying is accurate and doesn’t recognise the manner in which they are influenced,” David said.

"はい,” Poole agreed.

The police were then cautious with the reliability of witnesses who had appeared on or listened to The Teacher’s Pet, 裁判所は聞いた.

The crown prosecutor, Craig Everson SC, told the court that although some witnesses called in the long-running trial had made police statements after they spoke to Thomas, the majority had talked with police and given evidence at coronial inquests over a decade before speaking to the journalist.

“They’d already said what they had to say long before Mr Thomas spoke with them," 彼は言った.

Poole admitted using The Teacher’s Pet to the police’s advantage, tapping the Dawson family phones to see if any conversations were stirred up as a result of the podcast. しかしながら, he stressed this was not done in cooperation with Thomas.

裁判は続く.

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