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Jetstar pilot Greg Lynn is accused of double murder of secret lover campers

  • Police swooped in by helicopter to arrest him at a remote campsite last month

  • He was allegedly armed with two high-powered rifles when detectives moved in

  • Detectives feared he may have tried to self-harm or destroy vital evidence

  • Friends have revealed he was bitter over RAAF snub and 'a bit of a weird fish' 

  • By Sam McPhee For Daily Mail Australia

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    The Jestar pilot accused of killing 'secret lovers' Carol Clay and Russell Hill has experienced a 'baptism of fire' in his first week behind bars with authorities moving him into the same unit where Cardinal George Pell was detained.

    Greg Lynn, 55, has been charged with the murders of the eldery couple who vanished from a campsite in the Victorian Alps in March last year.

    The former pilot has been moved into protective custody since arriving at Melbourne Assessment Prison and has been the subject of intense interest among inmates. 

    'The unit is extremely loud and noisy due to the profile of prisoner in there so he is getting a baptism of fire,' the prison source told the Herald Sun

    The unit where Lynn is now being held has been home to some of Australia's most high-profile inmates, including Cardinal George Pell and Bourke Street killer James Gargasoulas.

    Greg Lynn, 55, has been charged with the murders of the eldery couple who vanished from a campsite in the Victorian Alps in March last year

    Greg Lynn, 55, has been charged with the murders of the eldery couple who vanished from a campsite in the Victorian Alps in March last year

    The former Jetstar pilot has been moved into protective custody since arriving at Melbourne Assessment Prison and has been the subject of intense interest among inmates

    The former Jetstar pilot has been moved into protective custody since arriving at Melbourne Assessment Prison and has been the subject of intense interest among inmates

    The unit where Lynn is now being held has been home to some of Australia's most high-profile inmates, including Cardinal George Pell (pictured)

    The unit where Lynn is now being held has been home to some of Australia's most high-profile inmates, including Cardinal George Pell (pictured)

    Prison officials use protective custody to keep high-profile inmates separate from the general population over fears for their safety.

    It also allows staff to keep a closer eye on the inmate.

    The insider told the Herald Sun the prison where Lynn is currently being held is full of 'noisy, disruptive, unmanageable a**holes'.

    The alleged killer of Mrs Clay and Mr Hill will have to complete 14 days quarantine prior his stint.

    He will then spend 23 hours per day locked in his cell, given the nature of his alleged crime, with only one hour per day allowed outside to get fresh air and exercise.

    Lynn was arrested after specially-trained police swooped from helicopters in remote bushland to stop the prime suspect in the murder of Australia's secret lover campers from killing himself.

    Prison officials use protective custody to keep high-profile inmates separate from the general population over fears for their safety

    Prison officials use protective custody to keep high-profile inmates separate from the general population over fears for their safety

    Lynn has been charged with the murders of Carol Clay, 73, (left) and Russell Hill, 74, (right) after they vanished from a campsite while on an illicit extra-marital trip in March 2020

    Lynn has been charged with the murders of Carol Clay, 73, (left) and Russell Hill, 74, (right) after they vanished from a campsite while on an illicit extra-marital trip in March 2020

    Specially-trained police swooped from helicopters in remote bushland to stop prime suspect Greg Lynn (pictured) from killing himself

    Specially-trained police swooped from helicopters in remote bushland to stop prime suspect Greg Lynn (pictured) from killing himself

    The 55-year-old was said to be armed with high-powered rifles as police closed in when he was arrested in bushland near Arbuckle Junction in Victoria's High Country.

    Detectives reportedly feared he could either self-harm or destroy vital evidence and authorised the helicopter mission by the Special Operations Group to swoop in and seize him. 

    Lynn was later charged with the murders of Mrs Clay, 73, and Mr Hill, 74, after they vanished from a campsite while on an extra-marital trip in March 2020.  

    The pair, who had been in a secret relationship for years, were last heard from on March 20 when Mr Hill, an experienced outdoorsman, made a call via high-frequency radio saying he was at Wonnangatta Valley.

    Campers found Mr Hill's car destroyed by fire at their burnt out campsite near Dry River Creek Track the following day, but no trace had ever been found of the pair.

    Soon after Lynn's arrest, detectives found human remains, thought to be of the couple, on the route they believe the killer took as he fled from the murder scene.

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    In the weeks leading up to the arrest, detectives had deliberately ramped up the pressure on the double-murderer, with media leaks to try to force him out of hiding.

    Despite police revealing they were looking for a 4WD and trailer identical to ones owned by Lynn, he allegedly never came forward in the renewed hunt for the couple's killer.

    The wealthy Jetstar pilot - described by friends as a 'weird fish', according to The Age - had previously spoken to detectives when he had first been identified by mobile phone data as having been in the area at the time of their disappearance.

    But in the wake of new CCTV pics showing a blue Nissan Patrol and trailer in Mount Hotham at the time of the couple's disappearance, Lynn became prime suspect.

    Keen camper and dad of two Greg Lynn (pictured with second wife Melanie) has been charged with the couple's murder

    Keen camper and dad of two Greg Lynn (pictured with second wife Melanie) has been charged with the couple's murder

    Campers found Mr Hill's car destroyed by fire at their burnt out campsite near Dry River Creek Track but no sign of the elderly lovers

    Campers found Mr Hill's car destroyed by fire at their burnt out campsite near Dry River Creek Track but no sign of the elderly lovers

    Lynn is said to own a matching vehicle, but it has since apparently been resprayed beige. 

    He'd also allegedly owned a trailer like the one seen in the footage, but is said to have sold it online after the couple disappeared.

    Lynn has since lived an apparently normal life with second wife, flight attendant Melanie at their home in Melbourne's Caroline Springs.

    In January he proudly posted a picture of him BBQing a leg of lamb on the $85 Bunnings spit he had been given as a Christmas present, with the caption: 'XMAS present. First time. Lamb leg. Delicious!'

    His marriage to first wife, Lisa, had ended in 1999. She was found dead in the garden of her home later that year, after an overdose of anti-depressants and alcohol.

    His marriage to first wife, Lisa, (pictured) had ended in 1999. She was found dead in the garden of her home later that year, after an overdose of anti-depressants and alcohol

    His marriage to first wife, Lisa, (pictured) had ended in 1999. She was found dead in the garden of her home later that year, after an overdose of anti-depressants and alcohol

    He has lived an apparently normal life with second wife, flight attendant Melanie (pictured), at their home in Caroline Springs in Melbourne

    He has lived an apparently normal life with second wife, flight attendant Melanie (pictured), at their home in Caroline Springs in Melbourne

    The father of two was a pilot for Ansett Airlines at the time, after having previously trained with the RAAF but left when he was denied the chance to fly fighter jets.

    In the wake of Ansett's collapse in 2001, Mr Lynn moved to Qatar to become a lead pilot and returned to Australia to work at Jetstar six years later.

    He is said to have been a check and training captain with the budget airline, on a salary of around $280,000.

    The keen outdoorsman and frequent camper - who had a firearms licence - was said to have 'an obsessive eye for detail, highly intelligent and calm under pressure'.

    But acquaintances told The Age he was also a self-absorbed, self-contained narcissist.

    As police prepared to move in to arrest him, Mr Lynn returned to Victoria's wild bushland in his 4WD, armed with his rifles used for bush hunting.

    Detectives took the decision to mount the helicopter mission to swoop in immediately to take him into custody and arrested him without incident. 

    He was questioned for three days at Sale police station before he was finally charged with the double murder.

    On Thursday, detectives confirmed they had finally ended their hunt for the bodies of Ms Clay and Mr Hill after the search at a specific spot near Dargo, Victoria. 

    While the remains are yet to be formally identified, with results of DNA testing expected to take some time, Victoria Police confirmed the 19 month mission to discover the fate of the couple was now almost over.  

    Police ended their search for the missing campers on Thursday after turning up human remains which have been sent for DNA testing.

    Police ended their search for the missing campers on Thursday after turning up human remains which have been sent for DNA testing.

    Source : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10275969/Jetstar-pilot-accused-murdering-secret-lovers-suffering-baptism-fire-prisoners-Australia.html

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