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Death in paradise – Alleged American killer’s midnight ocean escape

An American accused of murdering his wife while on their honeymoon allegedly kayaked four kilometres through open seas attempting to escape the island resort they were on.

Christe Chen Dawson, 36, was found dead Dead on July 9 in a room at the exclusive Turtle Island Resort. Her husband Bradley Dawson has been charged with her murder.

The couple had tied the knot earlier this year after a whirlwind romance and this was supposed to be their romantic getaway in paradise.

A local travel operator told The Pacific Advocate he clearly recalled the day the couple walked into his office at Port Denarau in Nadi looking to make the most of their honeymoon.

“They seemed so much in love. They told me they had hitched up in February and after much consideration decided to travel to Fiji to have their honeymoon,” he said.

An American accused of murdering his wife while on their honeymoon allegedly kayaked four kilometres through open seas attempting to escape the island resort they were on. Picture: Christe Dawson Facebook

“They said they had married each other in February, if I can recall.”

The Pacific Advocate understands that the alleged murder happened late on the night of July 9. Dawson is then alleged to have taken a kayak and made an attempt to reach the mainland however he reached Yasawa-i-ra, another island in the Yasawa group some four kilometres away.

It is believed that the strong currents did not allow him to paddle towards the mainland.

According to sources, he told the villagers on Yasawa-i-ra that he had an argument with his wife and he did not want to stay at the resort.

Turtle Island staff found Ms Chen’s body the next morning and the police were called. Dawson was arrested later in the day at Yasawa-i-ra.

A shot of Turtle Island in the Yasawa Group. An American accused of murdering his wife while on their honeymoon allegedly kayaked four kilometres through open seas attempting to escape the island resort they were on. Picture: Turtle Island Fiji Facebook

Fiji police have confirmed that Dawson has since been charged and has been presented in court, and they would not make any further statements because the matter was before the court.

Dawson appeared in the Magistrates Court in Lautoka on July 15 and the matter was transferred to the High Court as it is an indictable offence.

Dawson was denied bail and told that he could make bail application when he appeared in the High Court on July 27.

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His lawyer Iqbal Khan said they will make all attempts to get Dawson out on bail however it would be difficult given he was a foreigner and had no one to provide sureties.

The Turtle Island Resort has since held prayer sessions at the villa where the alleged killing took place and plans to demolish the building.

An American accused of murdering his wife while on their honeymoon allegedly kayaked four kilometres through open seas attempting to escape the island resort they were on. Picture: Instagram

 

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