Greg Lynn trial: Jury to hear former pilot’s interview over Russell Hill and Carol Clay deaths

Accused double murderer Greg Lynn compared the last year and a half of his life to “The Truman Show” in an interrogation room with two detectives.

“Well, I know I’ve been on the radar for a while … too many people have said weird things to me,” he said in the recording, played in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

“It’s a bit like The Truman Show, where everyone knows you’re on TV and you don’t.”

He detailed several encounters where people asked him about hunting and camping, and the former pilot said he believed they were in contact with police who were monitoring him in a “subtle but noticeable” way.

When Detective Sergeant Brett Florence argued that was not the case, Mr Lynn said: “Okay, maybe I’m just being paranoid”.

Lynn, 57, is on trial after pleading not guilty to the March 2020 murders of Russell Hill, 74, and Carol Clay, 73.

Prosecutors argued he killed the pair “without lawful justification”, possibly after an argument with Mr Hill over his drone, while the former pilot asked the jury to find they both died in an accident.

The trial will return on Tuesday when prosecutors plan to air the second half of a police interview with Mr Lynn following his arrest on November 22, 2021, jurors were told.

Jurors were sent home shortly after 3pm on Monday afternoon after being told the remaining two hours of the interview were not ready to be broadcast.

“You’ll notice there are flashbacks or editing at points, that’s a standard thing that comes up in trials,” Judge Michael Croucher said.

“This editing process is currently ongoing and will not be completed until tomorrow morning.”

A video of the interview was played on Monday in which Mr Lynn said he was already camping at Bucks Camp in the Wonnangatta Valley, where Mr Hill and Ms Clay arrived on the afternoon of March 19, 2020.

He said the couple seemed “friendly” at first and they told him they planned to camp there as well.

“I said, ‘There are hundreds of other campgrounds, but if you want to camp here, this is a free country,'” he told two detectives in the video.

Mr. Lynn said that their initially cordial relationship changed on the evening of March 20 when Mr. Hill accused him of hunting too close to the camp and threatened to go to the police.

In the interview, he claimed that Mr. Hill pinched a shotgun from his car at about 9 or 10 p.m., prompting the two men to fight over control of the gun.

“I told him to let it go and he won’t. We proceeded to wrestle and then bang,” he said.

According to Mr Lynn, the gun went off and killed Ms Clay and Mr Hill walked towards him with a knife shortly afterwards.

The two men struggled before Mr Hill fell on the knife and died, Mr Lynn claimed.

He told the police that he made a bad decision to cover up the incident, burning their camp and hiding their bodies in the bushes at another location.

I just guess that, um, when I was trying to hide it, I thought maybe I could move on and get on with my life and my family and my career,” he said.

At the start of the trial, Lynn’s barrister Dermot Dann KC told the jury there was no dispute between the prosecution and the defense that Mr Lynn was not guilty of both murders or the alternative charge of murder.

“According to the law, the prosecution will have to refute his claim,” he said.

“The prosecution will have to disprove it beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The trial continues.

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