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The first side of former Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn’s story is being heard as he stands trial for the alleged murders of two campers in a remote wilderness area.


Former Jetstar captain Greg Lynn claimed elderly camper Russell Hill stabbed himself in a fight after accidentally shooting his secret lover Carol Clay, a jury heard.

On Tuesday, Lynn, 57, from Caroline Springs in Melbourne’s west, appeared in the Supreme Court of Victoria where a 15-judge jury heard the opening of the prosecution and his defense for the first time.

Police say Mr Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, were murdered while camping in Victoria’s remote Wonnangatta Valley more than four years ago.

Greg Lynn outside the Supreme Court of Victoria at the start of the Melbourne murder trial

Burned Camp Russell Hill and Carol Clay

Burned Camp Russell Hill and Carol Clay

The jury was shown a picture of what police say is Lynn carrying the bodies of Russell Hill and Carol Clay.

The jury was shown a picture of what police say is Lynn carrying the bodies of Russell Hill and Carol Clay.

Opening the trial, Crown prosecutor Daniel Porceddu told the jury exactly how and why Lynn allegedly killed the couple remains unknown.

«The exact circumstances of the killing are unknown, as is the motivation,» he said.

The jury heard it was most likely a dispute over the use of Mr Hill’s drone.

«It is likely that there was a dispute over Mr Hill’s drone or the vision captured on his drone,» Mr Porceddu said.

“There may have been an argument or confrontation between the men. It is not known how Mr Hill was killed.’

But giving a brief defense Lynn’s barrister Dermot Dann, KC argued that the deaths of Mr Hill and Ms Clay were the result of a tragic accident.

«We say this is not a case of murder, but a case of two accidental, tragic deaths,» he said.

«A tragic accidental death in circumstances not of Mr. Lynn’s fault and not of his choosing.»

Mr Dann told the jury Mr Hill stole Lynn’s shotgun after becoming enraged over Lynn’s loud music on the night he was killed.

“He walked towards Mr Hill to try and get the gun back – to take the gun. Mr Hill fired his gun into the air and Mr Lynn initially took cover in the back of the car,” Mr Dann said.

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Lynn later told police he was «scared the shit out» of Mr Hill’s actions.

«He decided the only way to be safe was to get his gun back,» Mr Dann said.

The jury heard Mr Hill was shot in the head by Mr Hill as Lynn tried to disarm him.

Police say Carol Clay was shot in the head and killed in March 2020

Police say Carol Clay was shot in the head and killed in March 2020

Police say Russell Hill was camping with Ms Clay when they were killed

Police say Russell Hill was camping with Ms Clay when they were killed

When Lynn saw what he had done, she claimed Mr Hill dropped his gun and rushed towards the body of his dead lover.

Mr Dann said Lynn picked up the gun and fired the remaining ammunition before being attacked by an enraged Mr Hill.

«The next thing is Mr Hill is coming towards him with a knife screaming at him ‘she’s dead,'» he said.

«A fight broke out over the knife. Mr Lynn tries to fight back – they are locked in this struggle – and as part of this struggle both men fall to the ground and a knife goes through Mr Hill’s chest.’

Police believe Mr Hill was killed first because he would likely have called for help or resisted if Ms Clay had been killed first.

“The prosecution contends that Mr. Hill was most likely killed first, in part because it is highly unlikely that Ms. Clay would have provoked a violent confrontation with a firearm or that she would have posed any threat to the accused other than as a witness or aware of Mr. Hill’s violent death. » said Mr. Porceddu.

“Had he been alive, Mr. Hill would also have been able to immediately call for help if he had known that Ms. Clay had been shot.

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The jury heard Ms Clay was allegedly shot in the head by Lynn with a 12 gauge ‘Barathrum’ shotgun.

Lynn is then accused of trying to cover his tracks.

«The accused allegedly went to great lengths to contaminate the crime scene, conceal the evidence and try to distance himself from what emerged,» Mr Porceddu said.

Greg Lynn is accused of changing the color of his vehicle from gray to beige

Greg Lynn is accused of changing the color of his vehicle from gray to beige

Greg Lynn when he appears in court during his murder

Greg Lynn when he appears in court during his murder

The court heard Lynn allegedly moved the couple’s bodies by placing them in his trailer after setting fire to their tent and an area near Mr Hill’s vehicle in the hope of hiding forensic evidence.

The jury was shown photographs of Mr Hill’s burnt out campsite and damaged vehicle.

A vehicle was also shown pulling the trailer that police say Lynn used to take the couple’s bodies away.

Mr. Porceddu told Lynn they took their wallets and cash, phones, Mr Hill’s drone and car keys before packing up and driving off with the bodies.

In the early hours of March 21, the witness was awakened by a vehicle pulling a trailer passing by his location.

Police say it was Lynn who tried to flee in the early hours of the morning but was hampered by a road closure that forced him to make a tricky turn.

The jury was shown pictures of the scrub brush Lynn allegedly threw from the couple’s body.

The jury heard Lynn later changed the color of the 4WD he used to transport the bodies from gray to beige.

He also allegedly removed the awning from the vehicle after a picture of his vehicle appeared on 60 Minutes, which highlighted the mystery of the missing campers.

At the time, the police were listening to Lynn about the secret bugs hidden in his house while he was watching a current affairs program.

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The jury heard Lynn comment that he had only been in the area for four hours that day and did not find the incident «funny».

Greg Lynn was the captain of the Jetstar when he allegedly committed the murders

Greg Lynn was the captain of the Jetstar when he allegedly committed the murders

On 1 April 2020 Lynn advertised his trailer and other items on Gumtree.

Prosecutors claimed he sought to dispose of the trailer because it contained forensic evidence linked to Mr Hill and Ms Clay.

On May 12, after Covid restrictions were lifted in Victoria, police say Lynn returned to where he dumped the couple’s bodies to make sure they were still hidden.

In November of that year, he allegedly returned to the scene again and burned the bodies and dumped what was left in a hole.

Fragments of the couple’s bones were later found by police in the area.

The court heard that Mr Hill and Ms Clay were childhood sweethearts who had been in a secret relationship since 2006.

Mr Porceddu said Ms Clay had expressed excitement about going camping with Mr Hill in the days before she was killed.

Mr Hill told his wife he would be away for about a week before going to collect Mrs Clay from her home in Pakenham.

The couple traveled together to an area in the valley known as Bucks Camp.

Witnesses said they parked near where Lynn had set up his camp the day before.

The jury heard how Mr Hill – a keen amateur radio operator – spoke to friends on the radio on the evening of March 20.

Witnesses said Mr Hill appeared fine and showed no signs of conflict or distress.

The friend gave Mr. Hill directions on how to leave the valley.

He was never heard from again.

Police say Lynn murdered Mr. Hill and Mrs. Clay that night.

Lynn pleaded not guilty to the two murders.

Trial launch continues.



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