A former Newtown Jets player recalls being told in the 1970s that Chris Dawson had asked a teammate to help “get rid of” his wife, Lynette.
It has become a major claim of the murder trial and one that Dawson denies.
Ray Lee joined the Newtown Jets rugby league club in 1975, the same year as the Manila boxing blockbuster Thrilla, which saw the team on a season-ending tour of the Gold Coast.
Reserve class player and convicted thief Robert Silkman has previously claimed he was on a plane home when Chris Dawson knelt and reportedly asked for help to “get 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 about the flight or even saw the Dawson twins over the weekend.
“I suggest those words are something you would never forget?” attorney Greg Walsh asked in court on Friday.
“Yeah, you’d think so,” Lee said.
But the former footballer told the judge the discussion had emerged sometime in the 1970s and more regularly after the Teacher’s Pet podcast.
The allegation only came to the attention of police in 2018, when Silkman passed it on to a detective.
That senior officer testified today, confirming that the convicted criminal had never raised the subject of a reward with him.
Months after the hitman’s claim was made official, Chris Dawson was charged with murder.
He insists his wife Lynette ran away.