Chris Dawson murder trial verdict being handed down today

Former school teacher Chris Dawson will learn today whether he will be jailed for the murder of his wife Lynette.

The 74-year-old is making his way to Sydney from his home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast where he spent the weekend with family.

On Tuesday he will either be convicted or cleared of killing his wife Lynette, who vanished from their home at Bayview on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 1982.

Chris Dawson arrives at the Supreme Court in Sydney for the first day of his murder trial.
Chris Dawson arriving at the Supreme Court in Sydney for the first day of his murder trial earlier this year. (Nick Moir)
Chris and Lynette Dawson on their wedding day more than four decades ago. (A Current Affair)

Dawson is accused of killing the mother-of-two so he could move on with their teenage babysitter but he claims Lynette walked out after their marriage had broken down.

The former Newtown Jets rugby league player faced a marathon two-month trial before Justice Ian Harrison.

Dozens of witnesses, including Chris’ twin brother Paul, Lynette’s brother and former detectives were called to give evidence.

The verdict will be handed down from 10am today.

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