Former Newtown Jets star turned alleged killer Chris Dawson will spend at least another week behind bars.

Dawson, 70, kept his arms folded across his chest as Central Local Court was told he would not apply for bail until next Friday.

He was extradited from Queensland this morning and taken to Surry Hills Police Station where he was formally charged with the murder of his former wife Lynette Dawson in 1982.

Chris Dawson Sydney Airport arrival

Chris Dawson Sydney Airport arrival

Chris Dawson Lynette Dawson murder extradition

Chris Dawson Lynette Dawson murder extradition

Court documents allege he killed her on the night she disappeared from their Bayview home.

Outside court his lawyer Greg Walsh said he would be fighting that allegation.

“This man Chris Dawson is entitled to the presumption of innocence,” he said.

Chris Dawson Lynette Dawson Murder Extradition

Chris Dawson Lynette Dawson Murder Extradition

“He will plead not guilty, he strenuously asserts his innocence and he should be afforded that fundamental right.”

Mr Walsh said he had not listened to the Teacher’s Pet podcast but it is a worry.

“It is of concern that some of that reporting is pervasive, and it’s coming from an ideological perspective that he must be guilty.”

Chris Dawson Lynette Dawson murder extradition

Chris Dawson Lynette Dawson murder extradition

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181206 Chris Dawson Lynette Dawson murder extradition

Dawson appeared at Central Local Court via video link just after 2pm this afternoon charged with murdering his wife Lynette, who vanished aged 33 in 1982 from their home in Bayview, on Sydney’s northern beaches, but whose body has never been found.

The long-awaited murder charge comes after the success of the Teacher’s Pet podcast, which has been downloaded more than 25 million times.

Without naming names, Mr Walsh told the media outside court that media interest in this case could impact the trial.

“It can distort people’s memories, and there’s been a significant delay in this case, and there’s been inadequacies in the investigation by the police,” Mr Walsh said.

“If anybody here was facing a charge, they’d want to be entitled to the presumption of innocence.”

Detectives lead Chris Dawson away from a Gold Coast home this morning.

Detectives lead Chris Dawson away from a Gold Coast home this morning.

Chris and Lynette Dawson (supplied)

Chris and Lynette Dawson (supplied)

Dawson will stay behind bars until at least next Friday, when he will apply for bail.

Mr Walsh said Dawson had a “good basis on which to seek conditional bail”.

In the meantime, Dawson is expected to be transferred from Surry Hills Police Station to Silverwater Jail in Sydney’s west.

Photo of Chris and his wife Lynette Dawson, who has been missing since 1982.

Photo of Chris and his wife Lynette Dawson, who has been missing since 1982.

Lynette Joy Dawson, a mother of two, disappeared without trace in January 1982.

Days later, Mr Dawson’s lover Joanne Curtis moved into the home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

It is believed Dawson’s former teenage lover and ex-student is set to be a key witness in a trial over the murder.

Ms Dawson vanished following the disintegration of her marriage to Chris, who extra-martial affair with a teenage student grew in intensity throughout 1981.

Ms Dawson vanished following the disintegration of her marriage to Chris, who extra-martial affair with a teenage student grew in intensity throughout 1981.

A spokesman for Dawson’s family said they were “disappointed” by yesterday’s explosive developments, and claimed there was “clear and uncontested” evidence Lyn was alive long after she disappeared.

NSW Police have stated they are comfortable with the strength of the case.

Commissioner Mick Fuller said police, who conducted several digs at the former Dawson family home in Bayview, on Sydney’s northern beaches, wanted to find Lyn’s body but said that it was “not crucial to finalising the matter”.

Police, who have conducted several digs at the Dawson's Bayview home in Sydney to find Lynette's body, said they have amassed 'an enormous amount of evidence'.

Police, who have conducted several digs at the Dawson's Bayview home in Sydney to find Lynette's body, said they have amassed 'an enormous amount of evidence'.

“We have solved homicides before without identifying the body,” Comm Fuller said.

NSW Police had amassed “an enormous amount of evidence”.

“There were predominantly statements from witnesses that helped us to pieces of the puzzle is together.”

Mrs Dawson’s niece Renee Simms said the family has been waiting for 36 years for some sort of explanation for her aunt’s disappearance.

“Absolute relief. My dad was elated,” she told Today this morning.

Dawson has always maintained his innocence, and claimed his wife had run away to live with a religious cult in remote area of NSW.

In September a team of NSW Police spent several days digging areas around the former Dawson family home, including by a swimming pool, where police believed it was possible Ms Dawson had been buried.

But they found no human remains or other evidence on the property, which is surrounded by bushland.

Dawson was arrested at his Gold Coast home yesterday and extradited to Sydney this morning.

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