‘The scene was horrendous’: Greg Lynn reveals his account of missing Victorian campers’ deaths

Jun 06, 2024
Taking the witness stand in the Supreme Court in Melbourne on Thursday, June 6, Greg Lynn finally shared his version of events, describing a "horrendous" scene. Source: Paul Tyquin/ AAP PHOTOS.

Greg Lynn, the man accused of murdering missing Victorian campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill in 2020, has stepped forward to provide his account of events in court.

Hill and 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.

Lynn was arrested in relation to the camper’s disappearance on November 21, 2021 and was later charged with two counts of murder after he was questioned for several days by police.

Lynn has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder over the deaths of Hill and Clay.

Taking the witness stand in the Supreme Court in Melbourne on Thursday, June 6, Lynn finally shared his version of events, describing a “horrendous” scene after a struggle allegedly ensued over a shotgun that he claims led to the death of two missing campers.

After taking the stand, defense barrister Dermot Dann KC questioned Lynn about his statements to the police following his arrest.

“Did you attempt to tell the truth at all times?” Dann asked.

“At all times,” Lynn replied.

Lynn then went on to describe the struggle with a gun that allegedly took place with Hill before a discharge of the weapon struck Clay.

“At the time of the discharge, I was struggling with Russell Hill for control of the shotgun,” he told the jury.

“I was aware of her (Mrs Clay), she was over there … She would have had to be crouching or kneeling.

“Russel Hill had his back towards the bull bar (of the vehicle) and I was pushing him against the bull bar.”

It was then that the gun allegedly discharged and “went through” the side mirror of the vehicle before striking Clay.

Lynn stated that he was attempting to retrieve the gun from Hill, who he claims had taken it from his vehicle. The firearm was one of two that Lynn had brought for deer hunting that weekend.

“I don’t know if he intended to shoot me, probably not, I think he was trying to keep the shotgun for himself and scare me off,” Lynn told the court.

The court heard that Lynn had told police that Hill allegedly later approached him with a knife which resulted in another struggle that allegedly led to Hill’s death.

“There was a large pool of blood on the ground,” Lynn said.

“The scene was horrendous.”

The trial remains ongoing.

-with AAP.

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