Greg Walsh reveals concerns for client, call plans

Chris Dawson’s lawyer told the New South Wales Supreme Court today that he was concerned for the safety of the convicted murderer in prison.

“He has had multiple threats against him and of course his time in prison will be very problematic,” Greg Walsh told media outside the court.

“Anyone who has been convicted of a major crime like murder, and the profile that case has had, clearly faces the risk of serious attack in custody.”

Attorney Greg Walsh spoke to the media outside of court. (A current affair)

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Moments after speaking to the media scrum, Walsh was seated face-to-face with the convicted murderer in the court cells.

Then, during an interview with A topical matter Crime Editor Simon Bouda, the lawyer revealed that while he was worried about his client, he was also surprised by Dawson’s state of mind as he came to terms with his new life behind bars.

“I think what impressed me, if I can use that term, was his stoicism – (he) was obviously very concerned about his immediate family members,” Walsh said.

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“He seemed somewhat shocked to me at times and I think he would need a considerable amount of time to adjust to his predicament.”

On Tuesday, Dawson was found guilty of murdering his wife Lynette in 1982.

His body has never been found.

Chris and Lynette Dawson. (A current affair)

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Dawson has always maintained his innocence.

“As a very experienced lawyer, I have an ethical obligation in the circumstances where an offender has been convicted, of course, in those circumstances, to explore with that offender, Mr. Dawson, such an issue,” he said. said Walsh.

“He is adamant about his innocence and maintains his innocence.”

Chris Dawson is behind bars at Silverwater Prison. (A current affair)

At a brief hearing in the NSW Supreme Court this morning, Dawson’s sentencing hearing was set for November 11.

But his lawyer believes there are grounds for appeal.

“There will certainly be an appeal pursuant to my instructions and I think this case raises very fundamental questions in terms of the circumstances in which the learned judge reached the conclusions he has,” Walsh explained.

The lawyer also criticized the police investigation.

Chris Dawson. (A current affair)

“When there was evidence that Mr Dawson was innocent it was ignored and that was the practice and that was the approach,” he said.

Walsh said they chose not to file a bail application because it was unlikely to be successful.

“I don’t think it would have any real chance of success,” Walsh said.

For now, the attorney is focusing on pre-sentence submissions, which will help determine the length of Dawson’s jail term.

“He faces the reality of certainly dying in prison and in life imprisonment,” Walsh said.

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