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Who is Bradley Dawson? Man charged with killing wife on honeymoon fled on kayak after 'heated argument'

According to the post-mortem report, Christe had died from multiple traumatic injuries to her body, and blunt force trauma to the head
UPDATED JUL 28, 2022
Bradley Dawson has been accused of killing his wife Christe Chen during their honeymoon (Christe Chen/Instagram and FBC News screenshot)
Bradley Dawson has been accused of killing his wife Christe Chen during their honeymoon (Christe Chen/Instagram and FBC News screenshot)

Update: Memphis resident Bradley Dawson has been charged with murdering his new bride on their Fiji honeymoon and has been ordered to remain in jailed on the island nation until at least Aug 18.

The Fiji Sun reported that Dawson has been charged with one count of murder in the death of Christe Chen at the Turtle Island Resort in the Yasawa Islands on July 9. Ronald Gordon of Gordon and Company who represented the family of the deceased told the court that he appeared on behalf of the victim's family and that her parents were in Fiji and had taken her ashes with them.

Defence lawyer, Iqbal Khan represented Dawson, who told the court that Dawson could only be kept in remand for 14 days.


YASAWA ISLANDS, FIJI: New information has come forward in the murder of Christe Chen Dawson, a pharmacist from Memphis, Tennessee, who was found dead at a resort in Fiji on July 9. Her husband Bradley Dawson was arrested and charged in connection with the alleged murder.

According to the information obtained by the Daily Mail, prior to the murder, Memphis couple Bradley, 38, and Christe, 36, who got married in February 2022, got into a heated argument inside their hotel room where Christe was later found murdered. The victim had died from multiple traumatic injuries to her body, and blunt force trauma to the head, as per the post-mortem exam viewed by DailyMail. Her husband, an IT professional who used a kayak to flee to the Matacawalevu island around 1.2 miles away from the murder scene, was said to have been missing but was arrested after 36 hours of his wife's body being found. However, he denied murdering his wife. Also, he refused a request for a DNA sample for forensic testing. The couple was staying at a resort in Fiji for their honeymoon.


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A 49-year-old local man named Manoa Ratulele told the Daily Mail that Bradley Dawson used a kayak to paddle to the island between 2 am and 3 am on July 9. "But he landed on a secluded beach and I don't know what he was doing after that," the man said, adding, "He looked disturbed, and was bruised and bleeding from his palms and feet, injuries that may have been caused from falling on nearby coral. I offered Bradley water and help to which he first refused and said he was okay. But when I insisted, he had some water and told me that he needed to call the police."

"He didn't tell me he had killed his wife, but I could still smell alcohol on him. He continued to repeat that the couple had a fight. He just kept saying, 'we had a fight'," Ratulele told the news outlet.

Within 36 hours of Christe's body being found, Bradley was arrested from Matacawalevu Island and taken back to Turtle Island. He was charged with murder after he reached Viti Levu, Fiji's main island.

'No way he can be convicted'

Bradley's lawyer Iqbal Khan said that his client is innocent and mentioned he was not in a state to talk for days after being charged with his wife's murder. "Last week, he was in a desperate condition, but he is picking up now. It is a horrendous thing to happen on your honeymoon," the lawyer said, adding, "There is no way he can be convicted of murder. No way. Full stop."


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Magistrate Vodokisolomone told the court that Bradley had committed an indictable offense and the case would be transferred to the High Court in Lautoka. At present, Bradley's lawyer is working to get a bond for his client, who is due in a Fiji court on July 27.