“He’ll plead not responsible,” his lawyer Greg Walsh informed reporters.
“He strenuously asserts his innocence.”
The chance of Lynette leaving her household behind – which is what Mr Dawson has all the time informed police – continues to be attainable, he mentioned.
“He would not know the place she is,” he mentioned.
“While it appears most uncommon girl, with the best respect, like Lyn Dawson, would disappear and never have any contact along with her youngsters … it has occurred,” he mentioned.
Mr Dawson briefly confronted Central Native Courtroom by way of audio-visual hyperlink on Thursday afternoon the place he didn’t apply for bail, and remained silent in a cell on the Sydney Police Centre, talking solely to thank Justice of the Peace Robert Williams.
He’ll stay behind bars till at the least subsequent Friday, when his lawyer will enter what he flagged can be fairly a “prolonged negotiation” for conditional launch forward of what guarantees to be a dramatic trial.
Mr Dawson is faring poorly in jail, Mr Walsh mentioned.
“He is naturally anxious and burdened concerning the scenario.”
It’s understood that Mr Dawson’s brother Peter, himself a solicitor, gave Mr Walsh the fabric to start the ex-Cromer Excessive instructor’s defence.
There was important public curiosity within the disappearance of Mrs Dawson virtually 37 years in the past, which has been the topic of a well-liked true-crime podcast.
Mr Walsh, who has by no means listened to The Instructor’s Pet podcast, mentioned that it may impression on his consumer’s proper to a good trial.
“One of many issues that considerations me, this man is entitled to the presumption of innocence and he must be afforded that basic proper.”
Sally Rawsthorne is a Crime Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.