Ex-Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn was arrested in the high country of Victoria after police overheard him talking to himself about suicide.
Lynn, 56, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this week on charges of murdering secret lover campers Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73.
On Monday, the detective responsible for listening to 3,150 secret recordings captured in Lynn’s car — a blue Nissan Patrol that he later repainted beige — revealed special operations group officers who descended on Lynn in helicopters after he confronted the accused killer against heard himself talking about possible self-harm.
Russell Hill (pictured, right) and Carol Clay (left) allegedly killed by police during a camping trip in March 2020
Greg Lynn, photographed in court last week, was questioned by police for four long days
Russell Hill (pictured with his missing drone) allegedly filmed campers in and around the area where he was allegedly killed
WHAT GREG LYNN DID WITH THE MISSING RUSSELL HILL DRONE
On March 1, police alleged that Greg Lynn took them to a section of Rose River Road and showed them where he had disposed of Mr. Hill and Mrs. Clay’s cell phones.
He allegedly told them that he threw them in the river.
He went on to tell detectives that he burned Mr. Hill’s drone there, which police believe was the catalyst for a deadly confrontation with the camper.
Lynn also allegedly dumped Mr. Hill’s car keys there.
Detective Leading Senior Constable Daniel Passingham said Lynn was expected to travel to the Grampians in western Victoria when he heard him talking to himself on the other side of Victoria.
In a statement released Monday night, it was revealed that the veteran detective became concerned when he heard Lynn speaking in a “depressed state.”
“Lynn made comments about his time coming to an end, that Melanie (his wife) had three boys to look after her, a good rum, whiskey or cocktail would be good,” said Chief Constable Passingham.
The detective said that after listening to Lynn over 3,000 recordings, he knew something wasn’t right.
“I had a feeling he was going to kill himself,” he told the court.
Lynn was armed with a high-powered centerfire rifle during the unexpected journey.
Lynn was taken into custody within half an hour of the SOG agents leaving.
Daily Mail Australia cannot report exactly what Lynn told police during his epic four-day interview report after magistrate Brett Sonnet agreed to carry out a gag order on it.
A suppression warrant was also issued and a statement Lynn made after another secret police recording.
What can be revealed is that the 3,000-question interview lasted a whopping nine hours and 18 minutes – the longest Senior Constable Passingham had ever conducted.
Greg Lynn’s attorney Dermot Dann, KC claims the account of his client’s interrogation given to police would be viewed as ‘explosive’ by the public
At the end, the court learned that Lynn allegedly provided them with a detailed ‘mud map’ describing the location where he allegedly dumped the bodies of Mr Hill and Mrs Clay.
But it’s an interview that may never make it to a Victoria High Court jury amid claims from Lynn’s defense that it’s inadmissible.
Leading Senior Constable Passingham told the court he had previously overheard Lynn reflecting on the alleged murders as he drove to the Wonnangatta Valley shortly before his arrest.
“He uttered (it) while traveling across the high plains just before his arrest that day between Glenmaggie and Licola,” he told the court.
Leading Senior Constable Passingham further revealed that Lynn and his wife were caught on tape watching a 60-minute program about the missing campers.
In court documents released last week, prosecutors revealed that homicide detectives had been investigating Lynn for about a year before finally arresting him in November 2021.
The Missing Person’s Squad detective said police had captured thousands of footage of Lynn in his car in the 11 months before his arrest in Victoria’s high country.
“In what I had heard from the accused, he had expressed it as a chapter in life,” Senior Constable Passingham said.
The detective also alleged that while driving alone in his vehicle, Lynn said his “book was written.”
The Missing Person’s Squad detective said police had captured thousands of footage of Lynn (pictured) in his car in the 11 months before his arrest in Victoria’s highland
“These are on the footage taken while he’s driving the Nissan Patrol,” he said.
Last week, Lynn’s attorney Dermot Dann, KC described his client’s interview as “explosive.”
“It’s just that these pieces of evidence are potentially groundbreaking in terms of how the trial will be conducted by the prosecution,” he told the court.
“They would potentially have such an impact on how that process is to be conducted … there are very real, very living and very substantial issues regarding those two pieces of evidence.”
The court heard that Lynn was held without legal representation in the jail cells of Sale Police Station for the duration of the interview.
“He was fed, he was watered, he was in bed,” Senior Constable Passingham told Mr Dann.
The court heard that police descended on Lynn as he entered the rugged wilderness at 5:35 p.m. on November 22.
At his arrest, Lynn had asked to call his flight attendant wife Melanie Lynn, who tuned into Monday’s hearing via video link.
The request was reportedly denied, with police taking Lynn back to Sale police station for questioning while secretly recording him.
The charred remains of Russell Hill’s campground after his alleged murder
Victoria Police and forensics investigate remains of missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay in bushland north of Dargo Victoria on November 30, 2021
Senior Constable Passingham said Lynn was not allowed access to a lawyer until the following day when he spoke to a female lawyer for an hour and 15 minutes.
While the contents of the interview must remain secret, it can be revealed that Mr Dann was critical of the police’s way of interviewing his client.
Mr. Dann repeatedly questioned Senior Constable Passingham’s professionalism and challenged him on his knowledge of what a police officer can and cannot do when conducting an interview.
“Is that a regular practice of yours when a defendant says “look my attorney just told me not to comment” do you say “wait a minute your attorney isn’t in the room she wasn’t there when these events are meant to have taken place, it is up to you”?’ he asked.
Senior Constable Passingham told the court that ‘it was not normal practice’.
“But given a person’s rights doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll ever stop asking them questions,” he replied.
Senior Constable Passingham said he suspected lawyers charged with representing people accused of serious crimes were actively working against the police.
Magistrate Sonnet asked the detective what he thought Lynn discussed with his attorney before agreeing to be interviewed.
“I wouldn’t have a clue…that the Victoria Police might be unreliable…requiring them not to comment about them, that they’ll escort you down the garden path, that they’ll take you for rides in a car , that if detectives will do everything they can to find out the truth,” Senior Constable Passingham told the court.
An image of what police believe Greg Lynn’s vehicle looked like when the alleged murders were committed
Greg Lynn had asked to speak to his wife Melanie (pictured) after his arrest in the high country
Earlier, police reconstruction expert Paul Griffiths told the court it was ‘plausible’ that Ms Clay had been shot in the head by a bullet fired from the front of Mr Hill’s LandCruiser.
Leading Senior Constable Griffiths said he recreated a scenario in which Mrs. Clay was shot while standing or crouching by the LandCruiser’s passenger mirror while two men, standing by the hood of the car, fought over a gun.
Lynn continues to deny killing the pair while they were camping in the Wonnangatta Valley in March 2020.
Investigators allege Lynn got into a fight with the campers before killing them both, according to a summary by the prosecution.
“The circumstances of their deaths and the conduct of the defendant thereafter are consistent with the defendant’s intent to cause death or at the very least to inflict really serious injury on each of them,” the prosecution’s summary read.
The elderly camper, Mrs. Clay, was said to have been shot in the head and killed when Mr. Hill tried to take a gun away from Lynn, the court heard.
Lynn then allegedly stabbed Mr. Hill to death before burning their bodies and dumping them at another location.
The preliminary hearing continues.