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Chris Dawson breaks down in bail hearing over alleged murder of wife Lynette

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Chris Dawson has applied for bail in a Sydney court after he was charged with murdering his wife almost 40 years ago.

Chris Dawson allegedly approached a man with criminal connections about how he might go about getting rid of his wife Lynette Dawson, a Sydney court has heard.

Appearing via video link today from a Sydney prison, he broke down twice during his bail hearing as his lawyer told the court of his "close, loving relationship" with his family.

Dawson's charged with murdering his wife on the city's northern beaches in early 1982.

Chris Dawson has been refused bail over his wife's death.
Chris Dawson has applied for bail after being charged with his wife's death.
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The court heard the former rugby league player and high school teacher would put his million dollar home as a guarantee, and his brother Peter and his wife would put a further $750,000 as security for the bail.

Crown prosecutor Craig Everson said the case against 70-year-old Dawson "was based upon a number of strong circumstances" and the conclusion that his wife was killed in January 1982 was "irresistible" based on the available evidence.

But Dawson's lawyer, Greg Walsh, told the court the Crown's "entirely circumstantial" case was far from strong and there was evidence Ms Dawson had been seen alive following her alleged murder.

He said his client would reside at his home in Queensland if granted bail.

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Late in the hearing Chris Dawson scoffed at a suggestion from the Crown that he was a flight risk because he could easily use his identical twin brother's passport to flee the country.

"You're kidding me," he said.

The father-of-three has always maintained his innocence in the suspected murder of Ms Dawson.

His legal team have indicated he will plead not guilty

Magistrate Robert Williams will make his bail decision on Monday.

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