The former pilot accused of murdering missing Victorian campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill has withdrawn his unfair dismissal claim against Jetstar, The Age reports.
Gregg Lynn, 55, was officially terminated from his position with Jetstar following his arrest over the alleged murders of the two campers in the Wonnangatta Valley.
Following his dismissal the Transport Workers Union of Australia (TWU) issued a letter to Jetstar on January 22 on Lynn’s behalf, alleging he was denied procedural fairness. The Union claimed Lynn had organised an arrangement for leave from Jetstar while he was on remand.
At the time, TWU branch secretary John Berger told news.com.au “Lynn’s dismissal from employment should be considered a disproportionate response.”
“Captain Lynn has not been found guilty of any misconduct, he has advised Jetstar that he is on remand and therefore cannot attend at work,” he said.
“Captain Lynn has not been convicted of any crime and there is no prejudice to Jetstar to await the outcome of the trial.”
Following the withdrawal of Lynn’s claim, a union source told The Age the concerns held over his dismissal had been alleviated.
“This was a test case, and we were concerned the way a particular policy was applied could set a precedent affecting thousands of workers in the Qantas and Jetstar group,” the source said.
Lynn was arrested in relation to the campers disappearance on November 21, 2021 and was later charged with two counts of murder after he was questioned for several days by police.
Russell Hill and Carol Clay were last heard from on March 20, 2020 when they were camping in the Wonnangatta Valley. The couple’s campsite was discovered by campers on March 21 allegedly destroyed by fire near Dry River Creek Track, Hill’s vehicle was found with signs of minor fire damage.
Victoria Police recently confirmed that human remains that were discovered in bushland near Dargo, Victoria in November 2021 belong to Russell Hill and Carol Clay.
Victoria Police announced on February 14 that forensic testing had been completed, confirming the remains belong to the missing campers who disappeared over two years ago.
“Victoria Police can confirm that forensic testing on human remains located near Dargo in November 2021 has now been completed,” a police statement read.
“The Coroner has advised Victoria Police that the remains are that of Russell Hill and Carol Clay.
“As the matter is before the court, we will not be providing any further comment.”