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Chris Dawson Seeks Bail, Accused Of Wife Lyn's Murder

Chris Dawson made a bid for freedom on Friday after he was charged with the murder of his wife -- Sydney mother-of-two Lynette Dawson -- almost 40 years ago.

The 70-year-old former rugby league player, who maintains his innocence, faced Sydney Central Local Court last week after being extradited from Queensland.

His lawyer, Greg Walsh, said at the time he "strenuously asserts his innocence", that Dawson was "anxious and stressed about the situation" and planned to plead not guilty.

Chris Dawson has been charged with the alleged murder of his late wife Lynette. Image: AAP

On Friday, the lawyer argued Dawson deserves to be released after spending more than a week behind bars.

A surety of $1.5 million was offered to secure Dawson's bail, with the accused's team proposing he be able to live with his family in Coolum, Queensland, as he awaits trial.

A decision on bail will be made on Monday.

Lynette Dawson was 33 when she disappeared from their Northern Beaches home in 1982, leaving behind two young daughters.

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Her husband reported her missing almost six weeks later, and her body has never been found.

The case was the subject of The Australian newspaper's investigative podcast 'The Teacher's Pet'.

After more than three decades, NSW Police reopened the cold case in 2015.

Authorities said fresh statements from at least two witnesses led to the arrest of the former Newtown rugby league player on the Gold Coast on December 5.