Lynette Dawson was seen distressed with bruising on her leg and arms a few weeks before she disappeared, a court has been told.
Roslyn McLoughlin gave evidence in Christopher Dawson’s murder trial on Thursday that she had seen the injuries on Ms Dawson during one of their regular tennis sessions just before Christmas 1981.
“She had a large probably grapefruit-sized bruise on her thigh … She had some bruises on her arms,” she said.
Ms Dawson was quite distressed and had begged Ms McLoughlin to return home with her, NSW Supreme Court Justice Ian Harrison was told.
Ms McLoughlin said she felt bad about not going back to the Dawsons’ home in Bayview, Sydney, at the time. Mrs Dawson vanished in early January 1982.
Ex-teacher Dawson, 73, is accused of killing his wife and disposing of her body so he could have an unfettered relationship with one of his former students and babysitter, known as JC. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Ms McLoughlin said she had not asked Ms Dawson about the bruising because in the 1980s domestic violence was not discussed.
However, she admitted under cross-examination by Dawson’s barrister Pauline David that she did not know what exactly caused the injuries.
Claims that Ms Dawson had left her two young daughters alone in the family home were also questioned by Ms McLoughlin.
“She would not have left, leaving her children behind. If she was going to go away, she would have taken those girls,” she said.
The judge-alone hearing continues.
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