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Former babysitter and mistress of Chris Dawson tells court of their relationship


The former babysitter, who became Chris Dawson’s mistress and then his wife, has taken the stand at his murder trial.

The prosecution alleges Dawson killed his wife Lynette Dawson in 1982 to be with their former babysitter, who has been called “JC” during the high-profile trial.

JC and Dawson met in 1980 when he was her Year 11 sports teacher at Cromer High School.

Chris Dawson with his twin brother Paul Dawson (right) arrives NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday May 18.
Chris Dawson with his twin brother Paul Dawson (right) arrives NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday May 18. (Louise Kennerley)

“He told me he had seen me in the playground… when I was 15 and decided he would like to get to know me better because I was attractive to him… I believe he deliberately tried to take my class,” JC told the court.

The Supreme Court was shown love letters and cards that JC said were dropped in her school bag by Dawson.

She claimed he signed off as “GOD” to disguise himself because she was 16-years-old.

By 1981, the teenager had moved in with Dawson, his wife Lynette, and their two children at Bayview.

“Lynette was very welcoming… He used to call her “fatso” and laugh about it,” JC told the court.

She claimed when Lynette went to bed, “Chris Dawson would want me to have sex with him”.

Chris Dawson was married to Lynette Dawson who disappeared nearly 40 years ago. (9News)

The court heard what JC says is her last conversation with Lynette before she vanished in 1982.

JC claims Lynette asked her, “you’ve been taking liberties with my husband?”

Dawson claims Lynette ran away when she found out about the affair in 1982 and denies killing his wife.

Dawson and JC went on to marry and have a child before they separated in 1990.

Lynette Dawson's brother Gregory Simms leaving the Federal Court of Australia on Tuesday May 17.
Lynette Dawson’s brother Gregory Simms leaving the Federal Court of Australia on Tuesday May 17. (RHETT WYMAN)

Lynette’s brother Greg Simms also took the stand today where he told the judge he believes Dawson is a killer.

Simms also denied that he lied on the stand to sell the theory that his brother-in-law murdered his sister.



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