Secret recordings allegedly capture Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn muttering about the deaths of campers

Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn described the alleged murders of campers with secret lovers as another “chapter in life” before his dramatic arrest in Victoria’s high country.

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 classified recordings captured in Lynn’s car — a blue Nissan Patrol that he later repainted beige — revealed what Lynn said as police approached him.

Russell Hill (pictured, right) and Carol Clay (left) allegedly killed by police during a camping trip in March 2020

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

Greg Lynn, photographed in court last week, was questioned by police for four long days

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

Russell Hill (pictured with his missing drone) allegedly filmed campers in and around the area where he was allegedly killed

Russell Hill (pictured with his missing drone) allegedly filmed campers in and around the area where he was allegedly killed

Detective Lead Senior Constable Daniel Passingham told the court he 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.

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.”

“These are on the footage taken while he’s driving the Nissan Patrol,” he said.

Daily Mail Australia cannot report exactly what Lynn told police during his epic four-day interview report after magistrate Brett Sonnet agreed to impose a gag order and a statement Lynn made after yet 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.

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.

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

Last week, Lynn’s attorney Dermot Dann, KC described that 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.

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.

The charred remains of Russell Hill's campground after his alleged murder

The charred remains of Russell Hill's campground after his alleged murder

The charred remains of Russell Hill’s campground after his alleged murder

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

An image of what police believe Greg Lynn's vehicle looked like when the alleged murders were committed

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

Greg Lynn had asked to speak to his wife Melanie (pictured) after his arrest in the high country

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.

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