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Lynette Dawson was concerned about babysitter moving in: sister-in-law

She said during the October call, that Lynette was upset and “very concerned that Chris wanted to move JC” into his home while JC was doing her HSC, as he wanted to provide a “calmer environment” due to the domestic problems she faced.

“Lyn was not happy about this because she felt they had problems they needed to sort out between them before they brought anyone else into the home,” Mrs. Simms said.

Greg Simms gave evidence on Tuesday that in late 1981, his sister Lynette had been on the verandah of their parents’ Clovelly home and Dawson had commented about his “two darling little girls”.

Asked about his wife, he said Dawson replied, “She can get in the bloody kitchen where she belongs”.

In a diary entry dated December 6, 1981, Lynette’s mother Helena Simms, now deceased, wrote: “Chris said again, ‘I only want to look after my 2 little girls!’ I said, ‘What about Lyn?’ He said, ‘She’s in the kitchen where she belongs!!’”

Under cross-examination on Wednesday, Mr. Simms said Dawson spoke with “venom” and a strong tone.

Defense barrister Pauline David suggested Mr. Simms was now looking at Dawson through a lens of “extreme animosity”, to which he replied, “That’s incorrect.”

“I pride myself on my integrity. If his version was said in a jovial manner, I would’ve said that” he said, adding, “It wasn’t said as a joke”.

David suggested Mr. Simms had endeavored to portray Dawson in an unfair light and was doing so because he was “understandably desperate” for an answer.

“I would like an answer to my sister’s disappearance,” he replied.

Asked by David whether he had taken the view “Mr. Dawson is guilty”, Mr. Simms replied, “I believe so, yes.”

The couple gave evidence they had met with JC in 1990, and she spoke about Dawson having thought about hiring a “hitman”, which Mr. Simms said left him in shock.

“We were told that Chris would mix Lyn a drink at night in the hope that she would go to sleep so that he could be with JC,” Mrs. Simms said.

,[JC said] He wanted to end the marriage. He wanted to get rid of her [Lynette],

The judge-alone trial before Justice Ian Harrison continues.

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