Yr.12 Legal Studies: Crime – Christopher Dawson Case Study.

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After 40 years since the disappearance of Lynette Dawson, her then husband (Chris Dawson) was finally brought to justice.


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Year 12 Legal Studies Teacher Resource

A cold case for over forty years, the disappearance of Lynette Dawson remained a mystery until in December 2022, her husband Christopher Dawson was convicted for her murder.

The case study closely aligns to the NSW Legal Studies syllabus ‘learn about’ statements;

  1. The nature and meaning of crime
  2. The criminal investigation
  3. The trial process
  4. Sentence and punishment

This resource closely references the trial and sentencing hearing so as to provide students with practical ‘real life’ examples to support course content.

This resource is ideal for either teacher reference or as a resource for a student assignment.

Year 12 Legal Studies Teacher Resource


Legal Studies NESA Syllabus