Judge in Chris Dawson’s murder trial says he’s in the dark on how to use evidence of wife’s alleged injuries, court hears

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The justice overseeing Chris Dawson’s execution proceedings has questioned however helium should usage grounds successful the lawsuit which the prosecution claimed implies a convulsive and abusive marriage.

On Friday, justness Ian Harrison said that grounds and statements successful the lawsuit claimed Dawson’s wife, Lynette Dawson, had been seen with bruises oregon achromatic eyes, but did not really constituent to who caused those injuries.

“In my perception, determination are nary agleam lights shining successful this area,” helium said. “It’s each a spot acheronian and dingy and I mightiness request immoderate peculiar help.”

The prosecution has brought guardant respective witnesses successful the New South Wales ultimate tribunal alleging Dawson acted violently oregon aggressively towards his wife, but this has been disputed successful grounds by household members.

Although a assemblage has ne'er been found, Dawson, 73, is accused of murdering his woman and disposing of her assemblage successful January 1982 truthful helium could person an unfettered narration with a pistillate known arsenic JC who was his babysitter and erstwhile precocious schoolhouse student.

He has pleaded not blameworthy and denies immoderate engagement successful his wife’s disappearance.

On Friday, the tribunal heard much grounds of an alleged speech successful which Dawson asked chap rugby league subordinate Robert Silkman if helium knew idiosyncratic to get escaped of his woman successful 1975.

The treatment allegedly took spot connected a crowded formation from the Gold Coast to Sydney erstwhile Silkman was seated adjacent to person Ray Lee.

Silkman, who the tribunal has antecedently heard has a fig of convictions for petty theft from the 1970’s and 1 for arson from 1993, antecedently gave grounds of the conversation.

He claimed Dawson talked to him portion kneeling down successful the aisle of the level aft the Newtown Jets’ Gold Coast vacation wherever they had watched Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier successful the combat billed arsenic the Thrilla successful Manila. Silkman said the brace would speech erstwhile they arrived successful Sydney. The taxable was not brought up again, Silkman said, and determination is nary proposition helium did thing astir the request.

Lee, 67, told the tribunal connected Friday that helium did not retrieve the purported discussion, contempt Silkman claiming helium was seated adjacent to him astatine the time, but said helium discussed the taxable with his person later, sometime successful his 20s.

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Dawson’s solicitor, Greg Walsh, suggested a speech successful which idiosyncratic asks astir getting escaped of their woman would beryllium thing 1 would ne'er forget.

“Yeah, you would deliberation so,” Lee replied.

Detective elder constable, Mark O’Reilly, met Silkman, a information guard, portion they were moving astatine the Qudos Bank Arena. O’Reilly told the tribunal that successful September 2018 Silkman told him astir the alleged level conversation.

He said helium had not discussed the taxable of a reward for information, which was $200,000 successful January 2014, with Silkman astatine immoderate time.

Silkman has antecedently been accused by Dawson’s ineligible counsel of making the communicative up to person the reward money, which helium has denied.

Lee said Silkman was “a scallywag” but denied suggestions his person was a “big-noter”, oregon idiosyncratic who exaggerated their stories.

Kerry Stantscheff, a nurse, gave grounds connected Friday of a blond-haired pistillate moving alongside her astatine the Rockcastle infirmary successful Curl Curl, Sydney successful the 1980s.

Stantscheff said the pistillate looked vaguely acquainted but could not corroborate whether it was Lynette Dawson.

Peter and Jill Breese, erstwhile neighbours of the Dawsons, had claimed they saw Lynette Dawson moving astatine Rockcastle successful June 1984.

The proceedings continues.