9 episodes

From Hedley Thomas and the journalists at The Australian, The Teacher's Trial follows the events in the trial of Chris Dawson, who is accused of the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson. To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.

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From Hedley Thomas and the journalists at The Australian, The Teacher's Trial follows the events in the trial of Chris Dawson, who is accused of the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson. To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.

    The Front - Daily updates as Hedley Thomas appears at the trial

    The Front - Daily updates as Hedley Thomas appears at the trial

    This week Hedley Thomas will be in the witness box in the trial of Chris Dawson. The Australian's daily news podcast The Front will be publishing daily updates. Search for The Front in your podcast app, and hit the follow or subscribe button to get daily updates on the trial of Chris Dawson and Hedley's appearance as a witness.

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    • 13 min
    Episode 7 - Fruit Barn

    Episode 7 - Fruit Barn

    A retired cop makes an explosive revelation that an unverified and fleeting purported sighting of Lyn Dawson at a fruit barn closed down the first homicide investigation in the early 1990s. The court hears investigative files were left to decay in a damp storage facility, never to be found again. An author and confidante of family babysitter `JC’ speaks of her motivations for writing a book about her friend’s saga with Chris and Lyn Dawson, and her transition from student to teenage bride and “sex slave”.

    To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.

    For daily updates on the trial of Chris Dawson search for The Front in your podcast app.

    The National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service can be reached on 1800RESPECT.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 6 - Gangland

    Episode 6 - Gangland

    The names and reputations of Sydney’s most notorious crime figures are connected to Chris Dawson’s murder trial, as the focus turns to the gangland milieu surrounding the Newtown Jets rugby league club. The crown’s criminally-connected witness Robert Silkman speaks of his friendship with heroin trafficker and Newtown teammate Paul Hayward, and his drinking buddy and brother-in-law, psychopathic contract killer Neddy Smith. Silkman’s claims that Dawson asked him to help “get rid” of Lyn after a Newtown players' trip to the Gold Coast are ferociously attacked by the defence team. 

    To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.

    For daily updates on the trial of Chris Dawson search for The Front in your podcast app.

    The National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service can be reached on 1800RESPECT.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Episode 5 - Intercepted

    Episode 5 - Intercepted

    The voices of Chris and Paul Dawson echo through the court once more as intercepted phone calls from the late '90s are played publicly for the first time. Members of the Dawson family, including twin brother Paul and sister-in-law Marilyn, recall the events leading up to and following Lynette Dawson’s disappearance decades earlier and mount a fierce defence of the accused. The Crown bolsters evidence from former Dawson family babysitter JC, calling on former school friends and fellow playgroup mums to testify about her life in Queensland and the deterioration of her marriage to Chris Dawson.

    To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.

    For daily updates on the trial of Chris Dawson search for The Front in your podcast app.

    The National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service can be reached on 1800RESPECT.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 4 - Sex, Lies and Videotape

    Episode 4 - Sex, Lies and Videotape

    The court hears Chris Dawson's story in his own words as video of his first and only police interview on the topic of his wife's disappearance is played in full. His brother, Peter Dawson, remembers the crucial weeks and months following Lynette Dawson's disappearance and a teenage co-worker of JC recounts a frightening encounter with Chris Dawson, who allegedly warned him to stay away from JC. And this decades-old cold case hits a very modern road bump thanks to COVID-19.  

    To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.

    For daily updates on the trial of Chris Dawson search for The Front in your podcast app.

    The National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service can be reached on 1800RESPECT.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 3 - Bruises

    Episode 3 - Bruises

    It’s an intense and emotional week in court as Lyn’s workmates and friends tell of a steady deterioration of her marriage to Chris Dawson. Witnesses are tested on allegations of bruising on Lyn and violence and aggression in the home. The evidence takes us from the school grounds of Cromer High to seaside village South West Rocks, to the backdrop of a chart-topping song.

    To read The Australian's ongoing coverage of the trial search The Teacher's Trial or click here.

    For daily updates on the trial of Chris Dawson search for The Front in your podcast app.

    The National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service can be reached on 1800RESPECT.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

MillumMillum ,

Deserves 10 stars.

After being gripped by The Teacher’s Pet podcast I expected the same exacting standard of reporting and am not disappointed. The family of Lynette have had to wait so long for this case to come to court. The lack of interest and action over the decades has been shocking. Hedley Thomas has set a standard that will rarely be equaled. Thank goodness he has brought this case to the level of attention that was needed.

Bobbysunset ,

Harrowing story 40th a in the making.

I like millions other listened to “The Teachers Pet” aghast at how such a horrific miscarriage of justice could go unquestioned for 35yrs till Headly shone a light on what the dark side of misogyny can look look & authorities turning a blind eye to domestic violence, mental abuse and childhood grooming.

Now some 4yrs on we wait to find out if justice for Lynn can finally be achieved. I sadly don’t think we will ever know what really happened but Headly and The Australian have ensured Lynette Dawson will never be forgotten.

We wait with baited breath for the outcomes in this exhaustive, richly curated podcast of the trial.

Bathpool Bowler ,

Teacher’s Trial

Also in the UK, really like it, as I did the Teacher’s Pet.

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