He mentioned it didn’t come up typically, however since The Australian’s The Teacher’s Pet podcast and “whenever it gained a bit of attention in the press, he [Silkman] might mention it again to me”.
Asked for clarification, Lee, now aged in his late 60s, estimated Silkman had first instructed him concerning the alleged dialog within the late Nineteen Seventies. “I’d say we were in our 20s,” he mentioned.
He mentioned alcohol would have been consumed earlier than and through flights as gamers “let their hair down”.
Under cross-examination from defence solicitor Greg Walsh, Lee accepted that he had no reminiscence of seeing the Dawson twins on the journey or the phrases being mentioned in his presence.
He mentioned the brothers have been “considered really good players” and “were the sort of guys that kept to themselves a lot”.
“Do you have any recollection of Chris Dawson, on this flight, walking down the aisle and approaching Robert Silkman?” Walsh requested.
“No, I don’t,” Lee replied.
Silkman previously gave evidence that Chris Dawson knelt down subsequent to him on the return flight and “asked me did I know anyone that could get rid of his wife”.
“I was taken aback, I said, ‘What do you mean?’ I said, ‘For good?’ And he said, ‘Yeah.’
“I said, ‘Look, I’ll talk to you when I get back to Sydney’ and that was the end of the conversation.”
Silkman mentioned nothing else was mentioned between them after that. He mentioned he instructed Lee, who had been sitting subsequent to him, he “wouldn’t believe what Chris just said”, they usually agreed Dawson was “mad”.
Detective Senior Constable Mark O’Reilly mentioned he labored with Silkman, a safety supervisor, at a Qudos Bank Arena occasion in September 2018 when he began speaking about two brothers from soccer.
“He recalled a time that he was on a plane and Chris Dawson had a conversation with him [and said] words to the effect, ‘do you know how to get rid of my wife’ or similar,” O’Reilly mentioned.
He contacted State Crime Command and tracked down the officer-in-charge of the case, Detective Daniel Poole.
O’Reilly was requested by defence barrister Pauline David whether or not there had been an excavation occurring at a former Sydney house of Dawson’s when Silkman instructed him concerning the alleged comment.
“I believe so,” he replied.
The judge-alone trial earlier than Justice Ian Harrison continues.
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