It seems to me that he has to refute the testimony of those who recalled him trying to hire them for his wife's murder. At the very least. He , himself, and not his barrister, but then, that's what a good barrister is paid for, to tell the criminals story in the very best manner tailored to a specific judge.
Today's Update from The Australian :Chris Dawson’s defence team will say as soon as Monday whether he will give evidence at his trial for the alleged murder of his first wife, Lynette.
In a jury trial, I would be absolutely astonished if Chris Dawson took the stand. But is it more likely he will in a judge only trial, like we have here?
Does Dawson think he could do a better job than his barrister?.. Baden Clay thought so. Gittany thought so. Sometimes blokes just suddenly want to tell their story. How big is Dawson's ego?... big enough to kill and laugh about it for decades. Big enough to lie to his own children for years. Big enough to take the stand?
Probably!!!! people do the maddest things at the worst time, well documented phenomenon.