Melanie Lynn makes her way into the Supreme Court of Victoria past a waiting camera man

The wife of former Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn had no idea he had been living a secret double life directly under her nose until police charged him with two murders. 

Melanie Lynn has attended court every day of her husband’s trial, navigating past hordes of photographers as they fired off dozens of shots in her direction. 

Lynn, 57, has pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court of Victoria to the murders of Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73, in the Wonnangatta Valley, in Victoria’s Alpine region, on March 20, 2020.

Melanie Lynn makes her way into the Supreme Court of Victoria past a waiting camera man

Melanie Lynn makes her way into the Supreme Court of Victoria past a waiting camera man 

Greg Lynn managed to dupe his entire family that he had nothing to do with the secret lover camper mystery

Greg Lynn managed to dupe his entire family that he had nothing to do with the secret lover camper mystery 

Lynn had in fact managed to convince his entire family he had nothing to do with the camper mystery, which a jury has heard had been the subject of widespread media reports for more than a year before the pilot’s arrest.

Wrapped in a doona within the ice-cold interview room of the Sale police station, in Victoria’s Gippsland region, Lynn told detectives his wife was clueless about what he had been up to since his fateful run-in with the elderly campers.  

While Lynn has always denied murdering the couple, the jury has repeatedly heard he freely admitted to cleaning up the alleged crime scene and destroying the evidence.

When Lynn was arrested in November 2021 in Victoria’s rugged wilderness, his wife was caught by complete surprise. 

Just days earlier, the couple had joked about how similar a vehicle linked to the alleged murders looked like his. 

An image of Lynn’s dark-coloured Nissan Patrol, towing the trailer he admits using to dumping the bodies, had appeared on Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes program.  

‘The car in the images did look a lot like my car,’ Lynn explained to the jury on Thursday. 

‘It, um, it was my car. My family still didn’t believe that it was my car. Um, they thought that was quite comical that it looked so familiar. 

‘But it certainly did look like my car and removing the awning made it look less.’

Greg Lynn used a roller and ordinary house paint to disguise his Nissan Patrol

Greg Lynn painted his vehicle just months after he allegedly murdered the elderly campers

Greg Lynn used a roller and ordinary house paint to disguise his Nissan Patrol 

Video of Lynn removing his 4WD’s awning was played to the jury this week. 

It showed Lynn pull into the driveway of his Caroline Springs home with a gas tank before returning to remove the distinct awning that was attached to the vehicle in the image shown on 60 Minutes. 

Lynn had already gone to the effort to change the colour of his vehicle and sell the trailer that featured on the program. 

An image shown to the jury captured Lynn using an ordinary roller to paint his vehicle in June 2020 – just months after police allege he murdered the campers.

His own wife had taken the supposed happy snap later used in evidence against him. 

‘Well, she’s seen me paint it many times before,’ Lynn told police during his record of interview. 

Lynn said he used Dulux Metal Shield to perform the paint job, using a ‘sandbank’ colour he had previously bought for the intention of painting his Jayco Hawk campervan.

‘So, you know, “Oh, here he goes again, he’s painting his car,”‘ Lynn told police.

At the time, Lynn had been stood down from his job as a pilot due to the first of many Covid lockdowns.

Greg Lynn removed the awning from his car after watching a 60 Minutes report that featured his 4WD

Greg Lynn removed the awning from his car after watching a 60 Minutes report that featured his 4WD 

Greg Lynn had managed to convince his family he had nothing to do with the alleged murders

Greg Lynn had managed to convince his family he had nothing to do with the alleged murders 

Melanie Lynn had been a flight attendant when her husband allegedly killed the campers

The Lynns are pictured together in a Facebook photo

Melanie Lynn had been a flight attendant when her husband allegedly killed the campers

Lynn told police his wife had been preoccupied with Victoria’s first lockdown when he returned from his fateful trip into the wilderness.

‘When I came back from that one, the whole world was just falling apart. Yeah. That was on Sunday,’ he told police.

‘I’d spoken to her on the Saturday, and she told me, “Greg, the whole country is going into lockdown, this is absolute pandemonium.”

‘I said, “I could tell something was up, ’cause of all the cars just driving every which way.”‘

Lynn told police his wife was more worried about obtaining basic supplies in the Covid lockdown than what he had been up to out in the bush.

‘And she said, “You can’t buy toilet paper, you can’t buy cleaning stuff ’cause the stores are just empty,”‘ Lynn said.

‘When I arrived, she took me to the refrigerator, and she had up there a Covid plan that she’d taken from the paper, and spent the whole afternoon telling me what I missed the past week as the world was – world was unravelling.

‘So that was how that day was spent – she didn’t ask anything about my trip.’

Taking to the witness box, Lynn told the jury he still hadn’t talked to his family about what went on in the wilderness. 

Carol Clay was shot in the head. What happened to Russell Hill is only known by Greg Lynn, who claims he fell on his own knife during a struggle

Carol Clay was shot in the head. What happened to Russell Hill is only known by Greg Lynn, who claims he fell on his own knife during a struggle

An image of Lynn's vehicle as it appeared on 60 Minutes. Police already knew who it belonged to and were listening to Lynn on secret recording devices

An image of Lynn’s vehicle as it appeared on 60 Minutes. Police already knew who it belonged to and were listening to Lynn on secret recording devices 

He claimed he did not tell his wife out of fear of making her an accessory to the crime of destroying evidence. 

‘I lied to my wife,’ Lynn said. 

‘It would be involving her in a problem that was nothing to do with her… I lied to my wife to protect her… If I told her, then she would then be involved in it.’

Lynn told the jury he had been placed into financial difficulty by the Covid-19 lockdowns directly after the alleged murders. 

‘At that time I was living with my wife and we still had a mortgage on our house. She had part-time work as a flight attendant, which is not well-paid, and it would have caused severe financial hardship for us, for I still had two boys living at home at that stage; one in high school,’ Lynn said.

At the time of his arrest, Lynn had been working as a pilot for 36 years. 

‘I picked asparagus once during one period of unemployment,’ Lynn claimed. 

‘I’ve been retrenched several times and I’ve done menial jobs. I worked as a river guide once in Tasmania, but I have no formal qualifications for anything.’

Lynn maintained the campers died as a result of a tragic accident, claiming Mr Hill shot Ms Clay dead before falling on his own knife moments later in a deadly struggle. 

‘I am innocent of murder,’ he told the jury. ‘I haven’t killed anyone.’

Lynn told the court he was happy to wear any punishment handed down for his ‘despicable’ efforts to cover-up what happened that night.

‘All I can say to the families is that I am very sorry for your suffering that I caused,’ Lynn said.

‘I should be punished for what I did.’

The jury is expected to retire to consider its verdict by the end of the week.

HOW PILOT CLAIMS CAMPERS DIED

Greg Lynn has claims elderly camper Russell Hill knifed himself in a struggle between the two men, after Mr Hill accidentally shot his lover and childhood sweetheart Carol Clay in the head. 

The jury was told Mr Hill stole Lynn’s shotgun after he became enraged about Lynn playing loud music on the night he was killed.

‘He went towards Mr Hill to try and get the gun back – to take control of the gun. Mr Hill fired the gun into the air and Mr Lynn initially took cover towards the rear of his car,’ Lynn’s barrister Dermot Dann, KC said.

Lynn would later tell police he was ‘scared s***less’ by Mr Hill’s actions.

‘He decided the only way to make things safe was to get his gun back,’ Mr Dann said.

The jury heard that as Lynn tried to wrestle the firearm away from Mr Hill, the gun discharged and Ms Clay was hit in the head.

Upon seeing what had happened, Mr Hill dropped the gun and rushed over to Ms Clay’s body.

Mr Dann said Lynn picked up the gun and fired its remaining shots into the air before being set upon by an enraged Mr Hill.

‘The next thing is Mr Hill’s advancing towards him with a knife screaming at him “she’s dead”,’ Mr Dann said.

‘A struggle developed over the knife. Mr Lynn trying to defend himself – they’re locked in this struggle – and as part of that struggle the two men fall to the ground and the knife goes through the chest of Mr Hill.’

The court heard Mr Hill and Lynn had argued earlier in the day about Lynn hunting for deer so close to other campers.

Later that night, Lynn decided to turn the volume in his car stereo up loud in an effort to annoy Mr Hill, the jury heard.

What happened next will be determined by the jury. 

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