Nanny says Chris Dawson murder trial treated her like a ‘sex slave’

A nanny who worked for Chris Dawson said at his murder trial that the former school teacher made her fear for her life and treated her like a “sex slave” after his wife Lynette disappeared 40 years ago.

Dawson, a former school teacher on Sydney’s northern beaches and player for the Newtown Jets, is accused of murdering his wife in January 1982 so he could have “a relationship” with the family’s 16-year-old nanny.

He has pleaded not guilty and argues that Mrs. Dawson made the decision to leave him and called him several times after he disappeared.

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The former nanny, photographed in 1981, the year before Lyn’s disappearance, told the hearing that Dawson had given her multiple reasons for his wife’s departure.(Supplied)

The former nanny, who can only be identified as JC, told a court that Mr Dawson gave her a variety of explanations as to where his wife had disappeared, including that she had joined a religious group or that she had been seen in Perth. and in New South Wales. Center Coast.

“There was never any hard evidence that that was the case… I always felt like it was a hoax just to shut me up,” JC said.

JC met Mr Dawson in 1980 when he taught her Year 11 PE class and soon asked her to be his family’s nanny.

She would later accept his invitation to move in with him and his wife.

JC told Judge Ian Harrison that while she was with family and friends in South West Rocks in early 1982, Mr. Dawson called her to tell her that his wife had left and would not be returning.

Upon JC’s return to Sydney, she continued to live with Mr. Dawson at his family’s home in Bayview, sleeping in his bed and wearing Mrs. Dawson’s clothes.

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Lynette and Chris Dawson married in 1970.(Supplied)

She told the court that she felt it was “strange” that all of Mrs Dawson’s belongings were still in the bedroom, including two diamond rings.

JC told the court that Mr. Dawson then began treating her like his “slave.”

“I was taking care of two children, I had to learn to cook, I had to learn to clean…I had to learn to be a substitute housekeeper, a sex slave, a stepmother, a nanny…a slave…just a slave,” she told him. he told the court.

In 1984 the couple married and in 1985 they had their first and only daughter, Kristen.

JC told the court that his relationship with Mr Dawson went through a “huge” change because he had a stronger bond with Kristen compared to Dawson’s children Shanelle and Sherryn.

JC says that he then began to see a more violent side of Mr. Dawson.

The relationship continued to deteriorate, and on one occasion, JC says he told the former professional footballer, “You got rid of your first wife, you could easily get rid of me.”

“He went completely still … and said ‘don’t say things like that,'” she told the court.

In 1990, JC divorced Mr. Dawson, gained custody of their daughter, and met with some of Mrs. Dawson’s family to see what they knew about her disappearance.

During cross-examination of JC, Dawson’s attorney, Pauline David, argued that she had genuine affection for him during the “early 1980s,” to which JC responded, “In the preparation stage, you mean? ?”

Ms. David then accused JC of fabricating evidence she previously gave that Mr. Dawson was contemplating having his wife killed by a hitman.

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Lynette’s brother Greg Simms and his wife Merilyn arrive at court.(AAP: Blanca De Marchi)

The first time she shared this information with anyone was in 1990, when the couple was divorcing.

“Did you make up a story about a hit man to prevent him from having access to your daughter?” Mrs. David argued.

“That’s ridiculous, I didn’t make this story up, this is true,” she replied.

JC also denied Ms. David’s suggestion that she was cruel and argumentative to Ms. Dawson and wanted Mr. Dawson all to herself, instead stating that she actually wanted him to “leave me alone.”

When it was suggested that JC had plenty of time to escape, he said that every time he tried to escape, it resulted in abuse.

Mrs. David then accused her of being on a mission to destroy Mr. Dawson’s character, a claim she adamantly denied as she broke down.

“I’m not going to destroy him, he’s going to destroy himself for what he’s done to people, me and Lyn. I’m telling the truth.”

She later denied claims that she resented Mrs. Dawson’s two daughters and locked them in a launderette or brushed their hair so hard that it left them with lesions on their scalps.

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