Ex-footballer Chris Dawson seen with third wife after reporting for bail weeks before murder trial


Chris Dawson has been seen out with his third wife just weeks before he goes on trial for the alleged murder of his first wife.

After reporting for bail in Maroochydore on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, he was seen with his third wife, Sue, in a cafe and shop. 

She has stuck with Dawson, 73, for more than three decades after first meeting him in 1990 or early 1991 when she was a science teacher and he was a PE teacher.

They lived at Yeppoon, near Rockhampton, on Queensland’s Capricorn Coast.

Chris Dawson is pictured after reporting for bail at Maroochydore Police Station before driving for two hours to Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast to meet his wife Sue

Chris Dawson (pictured left), is accused of killing his wife Lynette (pictured right) 40 years ago following her 1982 disappearance from Sydney

Chris Dawson (pictured left), is accused of killing his wife Lynette (pictured right) 40 years ago following her 1982 disappearance from Sydney

Her twin children, Kobi and Jaga, reportedly took on the Dawson name while at school in Yeppoon, where their stepfather’s traumatic history was unknown.

Dawson, a former professional rugby league player and teacher, is accused of killing his first wife Lynette 40 years ago following her 1982 disappearance in Sydney. 

He has pleaded not guilty. 

Within days of Lynette being reported missing, 16-year-old schoolgirl Joanne Curtis moved in with him. 

Ms Curtis lived with Mr Dawson and his two young daughters, Shanelle, 4, and Sherryn, 3, and in January 1984 they were married. 

Later that year they moved to the Gold Coast. 

Joanne later gave birth to a daughter, Kristen, but the marriage did not last and in January, 1990, Joanne left and returned to Sydney, News Corp reported. 

In 2001, an inquest was held into the disappearance of Lyn Dawson, followed by another inquest in 2003.

The appearance of Joanne Curtis at the second inquest and her evidence about her failed marriage later led to an episode of ABC’s Australian Story.

Chris Dawson (left) is pictured having lunch with his wife Sue after reporting for bail at Maroochydore Police Station

Chris Dawson (left) is pictured having lunch with his wife Sue after reporting for bail at Maroochydore Police Station

Chris Dawson is pictured walking into Maroochydore Police Station on the Sunshine Coast

Chris Dawson is pictured walking into Maroochydore Police Station on the Sunshine Coast

Chris Dawson (right) is pictured with his third wife, Sue, shopping for household items in a Target store

Chris Dawson (right) is pictured with his third wife, Sue, shopping for household items in a Target store

His trial for the alleged murder of Lynette is due to begin in the NSW Supreme Court on May 9, after the High Court of Australia dismissed an application for the matter to be struck out.

In 2018 he was granted bail on condition of a $1.5million surety drawn from the value of his house and elder brother Peter’s home. 

Dawson has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife who was 33-years-old when she disappeared in Bayview in Sydney’s north, leaving two daughters behind.

Chris Dawson is pictured leaving Maroochydore Police Station on Friday, April 22 after reporting for bail

Chris Dawson is pictured leaving Maroochydore Police Station on Friday, April 22 after reporting for bail

Chris Dawson (left) is pictured with his wife Lynette. He has been charged with the murder of his then-wife Lynette, who went missing in Sydney's northern beaches in 1982. The body of the mother-of-two has never been recovered

Chris Dawson (left) is pictured with his wife Lynette. He has been charged with the murder of his then-wife Lynette, who went missing in Sydney’s northern beaches in 1982. The body of the mother-of-two has never been recovered

The former Newtown Jets player has repeatedly claimed Lynette is alive and that several people have seen her since she vanished from their home on or about January 8, 1982.

Lynette Dawson’s body has never been recovered.  

Chris Dawson’s trial, at which his second wife Joanne Curtis is expected to give evidence, is likely to take up to eight weeks. 

Chris Dawson is pictured after leaving Maroochydore Police Station before driving for two hours to Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast to meet his third wife, Sue

Chris Dawson is pictured after leaving Maroochydore Police Station before driving for two hours to Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast to meet his third wife, Sue

Chris Dawson (pictured centre) will stand trial for the murder of his wife Lynette after the High Court of Australia dismissed an application for the matter to be struck out

Chris Dawson (pictured centre) will stand trial for the murder of his wife Lynette after the High Court of Australia dismissed an application for the matter to be struck out

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