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Chris Dawson in holiday mode: Accused murderer checks in to local police station

Chris Dawson in holiday mode: Accused murderer dons shades and a hat as he checks in to his local police station after enjoying Christmas Day in a swimming pool with his third wife

  • Chris Dawson has reported to police after enjoying Christmas Day with his wife 
  • Dawson has to check in with police daily after he was released on bail on Monday
  • The 70-year-old returned to his Mount Coolum home in Queensland this week  
  • The accused murderer said on Christmas Day he struggled to cope behind bars

Accused murderer Chris Dawson has checked in to his local police station as part of his strict bail conditions after enjoying Christmas Day with his third wife.

The 70-year-old reported to police on the Sunshine Coast for the first time on Wednesday morning following his bail from Silverwater jail earlier this week.  

As part of his strict bail conditions, Dawson is required to check in to Maroochydore police station daily until he faces court again in the New Year, 7News reported.  

Accused murderer Chris Dawson (pictured) has checked in to his local police station as part of his strict bail conditions after enjoying Christmas Day with his third wife

The 70-year-old (pictured) reported to police on the Sunshine Coast for the first time on Wednesday morning following his bail from Silverwater jail earlier this week

The 70-year-old (pictured) reported to police on the Sunshine Coast for the first time on Wednesday morning following his bail from Silverwater jail earlier this week

Dawson (pictured) returned to his Mount Coolum home in Queensland on Monday after he was allowed out on bail on Christmas Eve

Dawson (pictured) returned to his Mount Coolum home in Queensland on Monday after he was allowed out on bail on Christmas Eve

He arrived at the police headquarters unaccompanied, wearing a casual polo top and shorts with a dark cap and sunglasses. 

The visit to the police station was his first since he broke his silence about his recent stint behind bars after being charged with the cold case murder of his wife Lyn.

Dawson, who was allowed out on bail on Christmas Eve, returned to his Mount Coolum home in Queensland on Monday as he awaits trial.

Speaking from his swimming pool on Christmas Day, a shirtless Dawson told the The Daily Telegraph he ‘needs a break’.   

‘Yeah look, yeah I’m well thanks — I just really need a break,’ Dawson told the publication, as he swam in the pool at a leisurely pace.

When asked what got him through his three-week stint behind bars, Dawson initially refused to comment but then agreed ‘thinking about family’ made it easier.

The 70-year-old is back home with his third wife, Susan, after a court eventually granted him bail. 

As part of his strict bail conditions, Dawson (pictured) is required to check in to Maroochydore police station daily until he faces court again in the New Year

Dawson (pictured) arrived at Maroochydore District Police Headquarters unaccompanied, wearing a polo top and shorts with a dark cap and sunglasses.

Dawson (pictured) arrived at Maroochydore District Police Headquarters unaccompanied, wearing a polo top and shorts with a dark cap and sunglasses.

Accused murderer Chris Dawson has broken his silence about his recent stint behind bars after he returned to his Mount Coolum home in Queensland this week

Accused murderer Chris Dawson has broken his silence about his recent stint behind bars after he returned to his Mount Coolum home in Queensland this week

A series of complications with the former rugby league player’s application, including a problem with the $1.5 million surety, delayed his release by a week.

Dawson was arrested on the Gold Coast earlier this month and extradited to NSW where he was charged with murdering wife Lynette Dawson, who went missing from Sydney’s northern beaches in 1982.

Up until recently, Dawson, a one-time model and rugby league player for the Newtown Jets, had never been charged with any offence and his wife’s body has never been found. 

Police charged Dawson with Lyn’s 1982 murder shortly after he landed in Sydney earlier this month following his extradition from Queensland.

Dawson (pictured left with brother Peter) released from Sydney's Silverwater prison on Christmas Eve, a week after a court granted him bail

Dawson (pictured left with brother Peter) released from Sydney’s Silverwater prison on Christmas Eve, a week after a court granted him bail

On January 9, 1982 Lyn Dawson (pictured) made plans to meet her mother at Northbridge Baths, where her husband worked as a lifeguard. She did not arrive and is presumed to be dead

On January 9, 1982 Lyn Dawson (pictured) made plans to meet her mother at Northbridge Baths, where her husband worked as a lifeguard. She did not arrive and is presumed to be dead

Dawson’s case might not go to trial until 2020 at the earliest, which may have contributed to the magistrate’s decision to release him on bail. 

Since returning home, he will have to live at his wife’s home on the Sunshine Coast and report daily to a local police station to comply with his bail conditions.

Dawson and Susan have married for almost 30 years, and despite the intense public scrutiny over his first wife Lyn’s disappearance, she has always remained supportive. 

The 70-year-old intends to plead not guilty to murdering his wife in the case, which made international headlines when it became the focus of The Australian newspaper’s The Teacher’s Pet podcast. 

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