Ex-Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn accused of going into motel covered in blood from elderly camper

Former Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn was suspected of walking into a hotel room allegedly still covered in the blood of elderly camper Russell Hill, a court heard.

Forensic experts thought the 74-year-old’s blood was “probable” to have been found on a single sample of a white bathmat at a hotel in the Wonnangatta Valley in Victoria’s rugged Alpine region.

Daily Mail Australia can now reveal details of how police claim the pilot shot Carol Clay, stabbed Hill and burned their bodies and smashed their remains after forensic court documents were released to the public.

Police believe Carol Clay was shot in the head from the passenger side of Russell Hill's vehicle (pictured). Traces of blood believed to have been splattered on the rear canopy that was damaged by fire, court documents have revealed

Police believe Carol Clay was shot in the head from the passenger side of Russell Hill’s vehicle (pictured). Traces of blood believed to have been splattered on the rear canopy that was damaged by fire, court documents have revealed

Police allegedly found a large Gurkha knife - believed to be similar to the one pictured - at Greg Lynn's home. It showed bloodstains, according to court documents

Police allegedly found a large Gurkha knife – believed to be similar to the one pictured – at Greg Lynn’s home. It showed bloodstains, according to court documents

Greg Lynn had a penchant for guns, knives and the outdoors, publicly released court documents claim

Greg Lynn had a penchant for guns, knives and the outdoors, publicly released court documents claim

Lynn, 56, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with the murders of Mr Hill and Ms Clay, 73.

Court documents now show that police allegedly found a knife cache while executing a search warrant in Lynn’s Caroline Springs in November 2021.

Among the weapons collection were two swords and 16 sheathed knives, including throwing knives and daggers, court documents said.

Coroner Mark Gellatly told the court that blood was found on a large Gurkha knife, a hunting knife, a damask knife, a dagger and on the inside of the sheath of a yellow-handled hatchet.

Police believe Lynn “burned, scattered and partially buried” her, the court heard.

Their remains would not be found until November 2021 – about 20 months after they were allegedly murdered.

Court documents allege Lynn’s home was loaded with weapons including semi-automatic pistols, Rugar revolvers, semi-automatic and lever-action rifles and semi-automatic shotguns – which police allege were used to kill Ms Clay.

Russell Hill (pictured right) and Carol Clay (left) are believed to have been murdered by police during a camping trip in March 2020

Russell Hill (pictured right) and Carol Clay (left) are believed to have been murdered by police during a camping trip in March 2020

Lynn took notes behind protective glass in Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Tuesday

Lynn took notes behind protective glass in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday

Police alleged in court that Lynn shot Ms Clay in the head with a shotgun after she got into a furious confrontation with Mr Hill over the illegal use of his drone in the national park.

Court documents claim Lynn arrived at the hotel after murdering and setting fire to the elderly couple’s campsite.

Traces of singed hair were later recovered and analyzed by police at the scene.

According to court documents, “A hotel in the Wonnagatta area claimed one room was left with numerous blood stains, all cleaned except for possible remains on a bath mat.”

While Mr Hill’s DNA was “probably” found on the mat, none was found from Ms Clay, the documents say.

Police believe Greg Lynn shot, stabbed, burned and'scattered' the bodies of Russell Hill and Carol Clay. Pictured are the cremated remains of Mr Hill's campsite

Police believe Greg Lynn shot, stabbed, burned and ‘scattered’ the bodies of Russell Hill and Carol Clay. Pictured are the cremated remains of Mr Hill’s campsite

Russell Hill (pictured with his missing drone) is believed to have been filming campers in and around the area where he was allegedly murdered

Russell Hill (pictured with his missing drone) is believed to have been filming campers in and around the area where he was allegedly murdered

Lynn claims he acted in self-defense and told police that Mr Hill was the author of his own death, the court heard.

Mr Gellatly told the court Lynn claimed he had returned to his camp after getting into the argument, but Mr Hill refused to let it go.

“Hill went to Lynn’s vehicle and grabbed[his]shotgun, the two of them wrestled for the gun, which caused it to discharge, hitting Clay in the head,” he told the court of his police testimony.

The blast is believed to have killed the mother of three instantly.

What happened next, according to Lynn, was a fight that ended in him fatally stabbing Mr Hill, court documents say.

Lynn had traveled into the harsh wilderness to hunt deer.

A deer hunting map contained in a plastic bag was later recovered from his home.

The court heard that prosecutors were keen to suppress the contents of Lynn’s initial interview transcript and his original statement to police, fearing they might be inadmissible if the matter went to trial.

Greg Lynn's attorney, Dermot Dann, KC, attends Melbourne court on Monday. Mr. Dann is recognized as one of Australia's finest legal minds

Greg Lynn’s attorney, Dermot Dann, KC, attends Melbourne court on Monday. Mr. Dann is recognized as one of Australia’s finest legal minds

Police released sketches of a vehicle they were looking for, knowing they had the exact car they wanted bugged

Police released sketches of a vehicle they were looking for, knowing they had the exact car they wanted bugged

A court battle over the content of this evidence between Crown prosecutors, Lynn’s attorney and media organizations will return to court on Friday.

On Tuesday, journalists were provided with a redacted version of the alleged events, which omitted many of the allegations against Lynn.

Although prosecutor John Dickie struggled to suppress information about the case, he took an extraordinary hit on the hearing’s coverage after Lynn’s version of events finally aired.

“There are matters that are not in this document that have been removed from this document that prosecutors clearly want to rely on,” Dickie said.

“Hopefully it will be clear from the document, and if it’s not clear from the document, hopefully it will be clear from the charges that will be presented to the court, that it will of course be alleged that the defendant acted with homicidal intent when he allegedly took the killed both victims.”

Mr Dickie said he was concerned that some media outlets “didn’t hear the evidence properly” when they released court reports on the preliminary hearing.

“Just so no one is misunderstood, the two counts are entered and those two counts are before the court,” he said.

Lynn is expected to present a plea for the charges at the end of next week’s hearing.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/melbourne/article-11646603/Ex-Jetstar-pilot-Greg-Lynn-accused-checking-motel-covered-blood-elderly-camper.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Ex-Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn accused of going into motel covered in blood from elderly camper

Bradford Betz

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