Chris Dawson Scrambling To Be Freed Before Christmas
Accused murderer Chris Dawson remains behind bars with his legal team scrambling to organise the $1.5 million surety needed to secure his release before Christmas.
The 70-year-old, who is accused of murdering his wife Lynette in Sydney in 1982, was granted bail on Monday but efforts to have him released from Silverwater Correction Complex have been delayed partly by the need to have his Sunshine Coast home valued.
His brother, Peter, has also put up his Sydney home as security to meet the strict bail conditions which require Dawson to surrender his passport and report daily to Queensland police.
The former rugby league player and teacher intends to plead not guilty to killing his wife who was 33 when she disappeared from Sydney's northern beaches in 1982. Lynette's body has never been found.
Mr Dawson's lawyer, Greg Walsh, told AAP he expected his client's home to be valued on Thursday afternoon.
"We're still trying to sort things out," Mr Walsh said.
Dawson has long been a suspect in the case but denies any involvement in his wife's disappearance.
Crown prosecutor Craig Everson said the case against 70-year-old Dawson "was based upon a number of strong circumstances" and the conclusion that his wife was killed in January 1982 was "irresistible" based on the available evidence.
But Dawson's lawyer, Greg Walsh, told the court the Crown's "entirely circumstantial" case was far from strong and there was evidence Ms Dawson had been seen alive following her alleged murder.