Lynette Dawson made a decision to leave home in 1982 without taking any belongings to make it seem like her husband had killed her, 法庭被告知.
Giving evidence in Chris Dawson’s 悉尼 murder trial on Monday, Paul Cooper said he had met a woman he was sure was Lynette Dawson early in 1982 at a pub in Warners Bay, on Lake Macquarie. Chris Dawson has pleaded not guilty to the alleged murder.
Cooper claimed to have struck up a conversation with the woman, who said she had left her husband and children and was working up the courage to see her sister.
Telling the woman that the police might think she had been killed by her husband because she had left all her belongings, Cooper said he was shocked by the response.
“When I looked back at her, she had a different demeanour at that time and it shocked me because I thought that might have been the intent,” he told Justice Ian Harrison.
Cooper claimed the woman was waiting for a passport and was planning to fly first to Bali and then on to another overseas country. She allegedly asked Cooper to book a motel for her because she had no identification.
After seeing a report on Lynette Dawson on the television program A Current Affair three years ago, Cooper said he contacted Chris Dawson’s lawyer, Greg Walsh. He told the court he did not contact the police, fearing they would be biased.
Under cross-examination by crown prosecutor Craig Everson SC, Cooper admitted that he had spent time in prison for drugs, armed robbery, theft, and break and enter.
He could not remember if he had asked the woman’s name on the day, and said he was sure she was not wearing glasses at the time.
Despite Cooper claiming the woman said her sister lived near Warners Bay, Everson pointed out that Lynette Dawson’s actual sister, Pat Jenkins, lived a three-and-a-half hour drive away, in the town of Stuarts Point.
同样在周一, Justice Harrison dismissed evidence that Dawson sought out someone to get rid of his wife seven years before she vanished.
上个月, Robert Silkman claimed Dawson approached him on a flight from the Gold Coast to Sydney to ask if he knew someone who could get rid of Lynette Dawson.
Silkman’s evidence was put forward to show that Dawson had specific tendencies that pointed to the murder of his wife.
Dawson’s legal team attacked Silkman’s credibility, pointing out that he had frequently lied to police and the courts, and had spent time in jail for theft and arson.
His evidence was rejected, alongside testimony of three other witnesses: Judith Solomon, Roslyn McLoughlin and one known only as KF, who claimed they saw Lynette Dawson with black eyes or bruises before she disappeared in January 1982.
This evidence did not have significant probative value, the judge said.