An Australian man accused of killing his spouse in a case that has been the topic of a well-liked crime podcast has pleaded not responsible to her homicide.
Chris Dawson, 70, has been on bail since he was arrested in December over Lynette Dawson’s 1982 disappearance.
He has persistently denied killing Mrs Dawson, sustaining she had deserted him and their two kids – presumably to affix a spiritual group.
A 2018 podcast, The Instructor’s Pet, has introduced international consideration to the case.
Police arrested the former high school teacher last December, following renewed investigations into Mrs Dawson’s disappearance.
Police have discovered no hint of Mrs Dawson since she vanished from the couple’s Sydney house virtually 4 a long time in the past, aged 33.
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The podcast collection, produced by The Australian newspaper, has led to the case gaining prominence in Australia and internationally.
On Thursday, a choose mentioned the trial was virtually in “virtually uncharted waters” because of procedural and authorized issues prompted by the podcast.
Mr Dawson’s lawyer, Greg Walsh, mentioned the podcast may pose a “danger of contamination” to a good trial, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
In December, Mr Dawson was extradited from his house in Queensland to New South Wales, the place he posted a A$1.5m (£820,000; $1m) bond for bail.
An inquest in 2003 heard that he had been having an affair with the household’s teenage babysitter on the time of his spouse’s disappearance.
The podcast highlighted the bungled dealing with of Mrs Dawson’s case by police within the early years after her disappearance, prompting a latest apology from the state’s police commissioner.
Mr Dawson’s subsequent courtroom listening to will happen in August.