- Chris Dawson has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years after murdering his wife Lynette in 1982.
- He was given a non-parole period of 18 years and will be aged in his 90s before he can apply for release.
- The decision concludes a four-decade long wait for justice for Mrs Dawson’s family.
“Lynette Dawson was faultless and undeserving of her fate.”
Chris Dawson maintains his innocence. Source: AAP / DAN HIMBRECHTS
Outside court, Lynette’s brother Greg Simms spoke of the impact this final chapter had on the family.
“Chris Dawson has had 40 years of freedom. Now it’s our turn.”
He said a crime of “very great heinousness” required a term of life imprisonment.
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