Nearly 40 years ago, Lynette Dawson mysteriously vanished. Yesterday, her husband Chris Dawson was committed to stand trial for her murder.
This latest development is hardly surprising: it is unusual for Magistrates to refuse to commit a matter for trial. All the Prosecution has to show is that a reasonable jury might convict the accused at a trial of the matter. Unless there is some glaring problem with the Prosecution case, it can be confidently assumed the charge will be allowed to proceed upon indictment in a higher Court. Matters of credibility or reliability of the evidence of the witnesses are usually left for a trial jury or judge to determine.
Mr Dawson’s solicitor Greg Walsh has said that it is too early to determine whether Dawson will seek a judge-only trial due to the enormous publicity the case has attracted.
A trial is expected to take place later this year.Posted on Categories Criminal law
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