Ben demands Director of Public Prosecutions apologises to Dawson family
Ben Fordham is demanding an apology to a grieving Sydney family.
For seven years, the family of missing northern beaches mum Lynette Dawson was kept in the dark about a conflict of interest involving the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Chris Dawson, Lynette’s husband and suspected killer.
When DPP Lloyd Babb SC was a 17-year-old high school student, Chris was his football coach.
Chris taught at Asquith Boys High in the 1980s while Mr Babb was school captain.
Mr Babb became the state’s DPP in 2011 and he failed to disclose the conflict of interest to Lyn’s family.
“Think about it, if you’re the DPP and one of the cases before your office involved a murder suspect who used to be your football coach, do you reckon that information should be hidden from the victim’s family?” asks Ben.
Because in this case, it was.
“I mean you’d think that they would tell Lynette Dawson’s family just for the sake of transparency if nothing else.”
But the family wasn’t told anything.
When The Teacher’s Pet podcast producer Hedley Thomas questioned the conflict of interest, Mr Babb said he declared his history with the suspected killer in 2015.
“I think it required an extraordinary intervention from Mr Babb or someone at the DPP to contact the family and say, ‘Out of respect and courtesy, we need to make you aware Lloyd Babb has a past association with Chris Dawson’.
“Is that asking too much?”
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