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Teacher's Pet Host Hedley Thomas To Give Evidence In Chris Dawson Case

Award-winning investigative journalist Hedley Thomas will be called to give evidence at Chris Dawson's murder trial.

The Australian journalist investigated the disappearance of Dawson's wife Lynette in his hit podcast The Teacher's Pet.

His podcast is credited with bringing renewed attention on the 1982 disappearance, and Chris Dawson was charged with his wife's murder in December last year.

Lynette Dawson went missing three decades ago. Image: Looking For Lynette Dawson/Facebook.

It is Dawson's lawyers who are calling on Thomas to give evidence, rather than the prosecution. Thomas told his listeners in the latest episode -- recorded shortly after Dawson's arrest -- that he had turned a number of episodes over the police.

More than a "gigabyte" of potential evidence was gathered by Thomas and the Teacher's Pet team, AAP reports. Magistrate Megan Greenwood granted the Crown extra time to deal with the mountain of potential evidence.

Dawson, who now lives in Queensland, had his bail conditions changed so he can travel to Sydney for court appearances.

He was released on a $1.5 million bail deal shortly before Christmas last year, after an extended stay in the Silverwater Correction Centre due to a complex bail application.

His twin brother Paul Dawson offered a piece of property as surety.

Chris Dawson in December 2018. Photo: AAP.

Lyn Dawson was 33-years-old when she disappeared from the property she shared with her husband and their two young children in Bayview, on Sydney's northern beaches.

Police excavated the former family home in 2018. Photo: AAP

Despite two coronial inquests recommending charges be laid against Dawson, both times they were rejected by the Director of Public Prosecutions due to lack of evidence.

NSW Police's unsolved homicide unit reopened the cold case in 2015.

Contact the author: abrucesmith@networkten.com.au