Chris Dawson, the former husband of Sydney woman Lynette Dawson, has formally pleaded not guilty to her murder.
The former rugby league player and teacher was charged in December over the disappearance of his then-wife Lynette on Sydney’s northern beaches in 1982.
His lawyer Greg Walsh formally entered a not guilty plea at Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday.
Mia Freedman speaks to Hedley Thomas, the host of The Teacher’s Pet. Post continues after audio.
The matter is due back before the same court on August 8.
Lynette Dawson’s disappearance was the subject of highly popular investigative podcast series The Teacher’s Pet before her former husband was charged.
Two separate coronial inquests in 2001 and 2003 found that Lyn Dawson was likely murdered. The State Coroner ruled that Chris Dawson was most probably responsible, but he was not charged until December 2018.
Lynette disappeared in early January 1982, when she was 33 years old.