Teammate Claim in Chris Dawson Trial

A former Newtown Jets player recalls hearing in the 1970s that Chris Dawson asked a teammate to help “get rid of” his wife, Lynette.

It became one of the main allegations in the murder trial and one that Dawson denies.

Ray Lee joined rugby league club Newtown Jets in 1975, the same year as the boxing success Thrilla in Manilla, which the team watched during a season-ending trip to the Gold Coast.

Ray Lee joined rugby league club Newtown Jets in 1975, the same year as the boxing success Thrilla in Manilla, which the team watched during a season-ending trip to the Gold Coast.
Ray Lee joined rugby league club Newtown Jets in 1975, the same year as the boxing success Thrilla in Manilla, which the team watched during a season-ending trip to the Gold Coast. (9 News)

Reserve player and convicted thief Robert Silkman previously claimed he was on the plane back to Sydney when Chris Dawson got down on one knee and allegedly asked for help “getting rid of his wife”.

Silkman said he remembered sitting next to his friend Ray Lee and telling him about that conversation.

But nearly 50 years later, Lee can’t remember anything from the flight or even seeing the Dawson twins on the weekend away.

“Do I suggest to you that those words are something you would never forget?” attorney Greg Walsh asked in court on Friday.

Chris Dawson
Chris Dawson once played for the Jets. (9 News)

“Yes, you would think so,” Lee said.

But the former football player told the judge that the argument arose sometime in the 1970s and more regularly after the Teacher’s Pet podcast.

The claim didn’t come to police attention until 2018, when Silkman passed it on to a detective.

This senior officer testified today and confirmed that the convicted felon had never raised the subject of a reward with him.

Months after the killer’s claim was made official, Chris Dawson was charged with murder.

He claims that his wife Lynette ran away.

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