Chris Dawson Guilty of Killing his Wife, Everything on Joanne Curtis and Family

Christopher Michael Dawson aka Chris Dawson is an Australian convicted murderer and former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s who was born on 26 July 1948 in Sydney, New South Wales of Australia.

Chris is in the news headlines because of being accused of killing Lynette Dawson (his first wife) in 1982 at their home in Northern Beaches, Sydney, Australia.

The Teacher’s Pet case: Chris Dawson guilty of killing wife to be with teen babysitter

One of Australia’s longest-running cold cases documented in the popular “Teacher’s Pet” podcast has ended with a conviction, Chris Dawson has been found guilty of murdering his wife 40 years ago so, he could be with his teenage lover. The ex-rugby star had been accused of killing his wife, Lynette Dawson in 1982 at their home in Northern Beaches, Sydney, Australia. Lynette’s body was never found and Dawson, 74, always said that he wasn’t involved in her disappearance.

Today, New South Wales Supreme Court, Ian Harrison found the retired sportsman guilty.

The investigators argued he had been desperate to continue an affair with then 16-year-old Joanne Curtis who he had met while working as a PE teacher at Cromer High School. So, this can be the main reason to murder his wife, Lynette Dawson.

Chris’s Wife’s murder case was reopened by the podcast, The Teacher’s Pet in 2018

On 5 December 2018 Dawson was arrested by detectives from Queensland Police for the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson. Chris was extradited to New South Wales on 6 December 2018 to face a case trial.

Dawson was granted bail on 17 December 2018 and his family paid the amount of $1.5 million bail to release him. Appearing in NSW Local Court in June 2019, he pleaded not guilty to the murder of his wife.

On August 30th, 2022, Chris was found guilty of murdering his wife in 1982, after the judge-only trial in the Supreme Court.

Ex-Rugby Star, Chris Dawson’s Education and Early Life

Chris Dawson was born in Sydney, New South Wales. Dawson was the second born of twins and his twin brother is Paul he has an older brother, named Peter Dawson. He attended Sydney Boys High School and he was a brilliant student. Dawson graduated from his school in 1966.

joanne curtis family

Chris Dawson met Lynette Simms at a high school function in the year 1965, when they were both aged sixteen, and they got married in the year 1970 at St Jude’s Church, Randwick. After their marriage, they have two daughters named Sherryn and Shanelle Dawson.

How did Chris Dawson become a rugby star in the 1970s?

Chris and his brother Paul Dawson played rugby union for Eastern Suburbs.

The Dawson brothers switched codes to play rugby league for Newtown Jets in the year 1972. He played in the second row along with his brother Paul for the Newtown Jets club for five seasons. Both Brothers were part of the 1973 New South Wales Rugby League Club Championship winning team.

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What is the total net worth of Chris Dawson?

The 1970’s rugby star net worth is found to be between $1 Million to $10 million. He was also one of the great player of his generation. Dawson’s main source of income was his rugby game.

Know about the physical appearance of Chris Dawson

Age73 Years (2022)
Height5 feet 10 Inches
Weight85 kg
Eye colorBlack
Hair ColourBlack