Jetstar pilot accused of murdering missing campers appears in court


Former Jetstar pilot accused of murdering missing campers appears in court months after their bodies were found in remote bushland

  • Ex pilot accused of killing missing elderly campers has his case adjourned 
  • Gregory Stuart Lynn, 55, has remained behind bars since his arrest in November
  • Prosecutors have pleaded with the court for more time to build their case 

The case of an airline pilot accused of murdering Melbourne campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay has been delayed so prosecutors can continue to build their case.

Gregory Stuart Lynn, 55, remained quiet as he faced Sale Magistrates Court via videolink on Tuesday afternoon.

He is accused of killing Mr Hill and Ms Clay at a remote campsite in the Victorian alpine region.

The ‘secret lovers’ were last heard from when Mr Hill, an experienced outdoorsman, made a call via high-frequency radio saying he was at Wonnangatta Valley on March 20. 

Former Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn, 55, (pictured) was charged with murdering two elderly campers in Victoria 

Greg Lynn, 55, has remained behind bars since he was arrested in November 2021 and charged with the murders of elderly campers Russell Hill (right) and Carol Clay (left)

Greg Lynn, 55, has remained behind bars since he was arrested in November 2021 and charged with the murders of elderly campers Russell Hill (right) and Carol Clay (left)

Campers found Mr Hill’s car destroyed by fire at their campsite near Dry River Creek Track the following day, along with their burnt tent and some belongings. 

Lynn was arrested late last year following a long-running police investigation into the case, and detectives found the bodies of Mr Hill and Ms Clay in remote bushland outside Dargo in February.

Prosecutor Angela Liantzakis on Tuesday requested a long adjournment so the prosecution could obtain more transcripts and other material.

Lynn’s lawyer Chris McLennan also sought an adjournment so Lynn could review a hard copy version of the brief in prison.

He’ll remain behind bars until the case returns to court on August 23.

Ms Clay and Mr Hill disappeared from their campsite in the Wonnangatta Valley (pictured) on March 20, 2020, prompting an extensive two-year investigation by Victoria Police

Ms Clay and Mr Hill disappeared from their campsite in the Wonnangatta Valley (pictured) on March 20, 2020, prompting an extensive two-year investigation by Victoria Police

The sensational delay in the case comes as the former Jetstar pilot moves to sue the budget airline over claims he was unfairly dismissed following his arrest. 

Lynn has been behind bars since November of last year when he was charged with the Mr Hill, 74, and Ms Clay, 73. 

Jetstar dismissed the pilot almost immediately and advised through a letter dated January 7 his employment would be terminated. 

Lynn was sacked with two months pay and the unpaid leave entitlements he accumulated over the 15 years he flew with the budget airline.  

‘Your present circumstances clearly prevent you from performing your role of narrow body captain,’ his former employee stated. 

Pictured: Carol Clay

Pictured: Russell Hill

The ‘secret lovers’ (pictured) mysteriously vanished from their campsite in the Wonnangatta Valley on March 20, 2020, prompting an extensive two-year investigation

Lynn (pictured) will face a hearing at the Sales magistrates court again in August as case is adjourned

Lynn (pictured) will face a hearing at the Sales magistrates court again in August as case is adjourned

Transport Workers Union (TWU) secretary John Berger has accused the airline of being ‘harsh, unjust and unreasonable’ in their decision. 

In a response dated January 20, the union boss said the sacking of the accused double-murderer was not proportionate to his circumstances.  

‘The union asserts that procedural fairness was not observed as the decision to terminate Captain Lynn’s employment is disproportionate to the circumstances in which he finds himself,’ the letter read.  

‘Captain Lynn has not been found guilty of any misconduct, he has advised Jetstar that he is on remand and therefore cannot attend at work.

Campers found Mr Hill's car destroyed by fire at their campsite (pictured) near Dry River Creek Track the day after the 'secret lovers' were last heard from via high-frequency radio

Campers found Mr Hill’s car destroyed by fire at their campsite (pictured) near Dry River Creek Track the day after the ‘secret lovers’ were last heard from via high-frequency radio

‘Captain Lynn has not been convicted of any crime.’

Jetstar has responded to the claims and denied Lynn has been treated unfairly. 

A spokeswoman said it was clear the former pilot is on remand pending trial and therefore will nit be able to perform his duties for a significant period of time. 

‘Jetstar rejects the TWU’s claims that the response is disproportionate and lacks procedural fairness, and will oppose the unfair dismissal claim by the TWU,’ she said.

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