Ben Fordham calls on DPP to reopen case of missing mother-of-two Lynette Dawson
Ben Fordham is appealing for the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to reopen the case of Lynette Dawson after new evidence has come to light linking husband Chris Dawson to her disappearance.
Lynette, a devoted mother to two daughters, went missing in the summer of 1982 without a trace.
The Australian reporter Hedley Thomas has devoted six months to investigating the case step by step, uncovering new evidence in each episode of the Teacher’s Pet podcast.
Two coronial inquests found Lynette had likely been murdered by her husband, school teacher Chris Dawson, but the DPP refused to prosecute, citing a lack of evidence.
Lynette’s sister-in-law Merilyn Simms tells Ben Fordham their family deserves, and needs, closure.
“The resolution we are hoping for is to find Lyn and to be able to put her to rest in the manner in which she deserves”.
She’s calling on the DPP to reopen the case, asking for “thorough and careful consideration of every piece of evidence that comes forward.”
“We just urge you, please, please give it a thorough investigation.”
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With Lyn’s family still searching for justice, Ben Fordham is calling for the case to be re-examined in a “take no prisoners” approach.
“The past can’t be changed. We need to focus on the here and now, and right now in June of 2018, everyone who has the power to bring justice to the family of Lynette needs to get off their arses and start delivering.
“That means a high energy approach from New South Wales Police which should include sitting down with Hedley Thomas and analysing all of his evidence.
“It also means the Director of Public Prosecutions Lloyd Babb giving his personal attention to this matter… and considering whether there is enough new evidence to bring a charge of murder against Chris Dawson.”