Greg Lynn verdict: Robyn Hill breaks her silence after ex-Jetstar pilot is found NOT guilty of murdering her husband Russel Hill- and reveals her true feelings towards his secret lover Carol Clay

The grieving widow of slain camper Russell Hill has broken her silence after Greg Lynn was convicted of killing her husband’s secret lover.

Robyn Hill, who stood by Mr Hill, 74, for 50 years, watched Tuesday’s Supreme Court verdict via audiovisual link, initially fearing that Greg Lynn, 57, would walk free after the jury found him not guilty of murdering her husband.

However, she breathed a sigh of relief after Lynn was found guilty of murdering Mr Hill’s secret lover, Carol Clay, 73.

‘An innocent person doesn’t get rid of the bodies … that’s how I looked at it,’ an emotional Ms Hill told the Herald Sun. 

The widow admitted the decision ‘could have been a better verdict’ but she was ‘glad it’s over’.

‘It’s been a very long (process) and I was very concerned about what the verdict was going to be,’ Ms Hill told the publication. 

‘When I heard Russell’s (verdict) first, I was really concerned it was going to be Carol not guilty as well.’

Widow Robyn Hill (pictured at the trial last month) initially feared that Greg Lynn would walk free after the jury found him not guilty of murdering her husband Russell

However, she breathed a sigh of relief after Lynn was found guilty of murdering Mr Hill's secret lover, Carol Clay, 73 (pictured, left)

However, she breathed a sigh of relief after Lynn was found guilty of murdering Mr Hill’s secret lover, Carol Clay, 73 (pictured, left) 

Ms Hill also paid tribute to the tireless efforts of Detective Sergeant Brett Florence, who was the lead detective on the case.

She now anxiously waits to hear Lynn’s sentence. He will next appear in court on July 19.

Lynn faces life behind bars for Ms Clay’s murder.

Mr Hill and Ms Clay – childhood sweethearts who rekindled their relationship later in life – vanished after camping in the Wonnangatta Valley, in Victoria’s Alpine region, in March 2020.

Lynn had pleaded not guilty to their murders but after seven days of deliberations the 12-member jury found him guilty of killing Ms Clay, but not guilty of murdering Mr Hill.  

Ms Hill said she had no hard feelings towards Ms Clay, her husband’s lover, instead describing her as an ‘intelligent woman’.

Her comments came after the Hill and Clay families issued a joint statement on the split verdict. 

‘The verdict of not guilty in relation to the murder Russell Hill is devastating. There was not enough evidence to be sure of how he died,’ the statement read.

‘Our families were always aware that the prosecutor had an enormous burden of proof as there were no eyewitnesses. The accused was the only person who saw and experienced what happened. He was also the only person who emerged alive.

‘We are heartbroken at the loss of our loved ones. It will take time to absorb the verdicts, put this behind us and set about healing and getting on with our lives.’

Robyn Hill had no hard feelings towards her husband's secret lover Carol Clay (pictured)

Robyn Hill had no hard feelings towards her husband’s secret lover Carol Clay (pictured)

Lynn (pictured) had pleaded not guilty to their murders but after seven days of deliberations the jury found him guilty of killing Ms Clay, but not guilty of murdering Mr Hill

Lynn (pictured) had pleaded not guilty to their murders but after seven days of deliberations the jury found him guilty of killing Ms Clay, but not guilty of murdering Mr Hill

The jury heard that Mr Hill was Ms Clay’s first boyfriend but hooked up again in 2006 while they were both married to other people. 

During the mammoth trial, Ms Hill was grilled about her long-suffering relationship with her husband whom she married in 1969. 

Ms Hill told the court that she and her husband would go on holidays to Phillip Island with Ms Clay and her then husband, oblivious to their secret relationship. 

She told the court she had known Ms Clay as long as her husband, who had told her Ms Clay was her first cousin. 

It was a lie Ms Hill only uncovered after she observed her husband and Ms Clay behaving in ‘strange ways’, such as going on walks together on those trips away. 

The secret relationship was finally brought to a head when a neighbour threatened to expose Mr Hill’s behaviour to his wife. 

The court heard that Mr Hill confessed to the relationship, but assured his wife he would end the affair immediately – a lie he maintained up until his alleged murder. 

Widow Robyn Hill (left) and her daughter Debbie (right) both gave evidence during the trial

Widow Robyn Hill (left) and her daughter Debbie (right) both gave evidence during the trial

The burnt remains of Russell Hill and Carol Clay's campsite

The burnt remains of Russell Hill and Carol Clay’s campsite 

Victims’ families’ full statement on the trial verdict  

Russell Hill and Carol Clay’s families are both relieved and devastated at the verdicts in the trial of Gregory Lynn for the murder of Russell Hill and Carol Clay, delivered today.

The jury have only decided murder in one case, that of Carol Clay.

The verdict of guilty was the only charge. The possibility of a verdict of ‘manslaughter’ was ruled out. We thank the jury for their verdict of guilty in the murder of Carol Clay. It was an extremely difficult task given that the accused destroyed so much evidence.

The verdict of not guilty in relation to the murder Russell Hill is devastating. There was not enough evidence to be sure of how he died.

Our families were always aware that the prosecutor had an enormous burden of proof as there were no eyewitnesses. The accused was the only person who saw and experienced what happened. He was also the only person who emerged alive.

We thank the crown prosecutors wholeheartedly for their diligent effort in presenting the pretrial and the trial. They had an enormous job putting a case together with limited evidence. They fought hard to keep all their evidence allowed in court, so the jury could make an informed decision, but this was not the case.

We also thank the Victoria Police Missing Persons Squad, particularly Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper and Sergeant Brett Florence for their tireless investigative work over four and a half years. They have gone above and beyond in their duties to solve this case and we sincerely thank them for their time, effort, persistence, care and professionalism to bring us answers.

For the wider Victoria Police involvement, thank you, we appreciated the efforts of you all and are extremely grateful for your expertise, your hard work and support. Plus, we thank all the wonderful volunteers who spent weeks searching for our loved ones.

Finally, Carol Clay and Russell Hill’s families would like to thank all our friends and family who have given their support throughout this harrowing experience, over the last four years.

We are heartbroken at the loss of our loved ones. It will take time to absorb the verdicts, put this behind us and set about healing and getting on with our lives. Right now, we ask you to respect our privacy while we do this.

On behalf of both,

The Hill Family and the Clay Family

Ms Hill previously broke down in tears as Lynn’s barrister Dermot Dann KC explained how Mr Hill continued to lie about his secret camping trips with Ms Clay.  

The widow said she believed her husband was alone when he set off on his final camping trip into the bush. 

The court heard Ms Hill had bought her husband a fresh box of anti-depressants along with cans of bourbon and coke and a bottle of Bundaberg rum for the trip. 

A bottle of wine was also later found at the burnt campsite. 

Lynn, wearing a suit and blue jumper, remained silent as the two verdicts were read aloud, raising his eyebrows after learning his fate.

He waved to his son Geordie, who was seated in front of him inside the court room, after the jury left the court.

He spoke to his lawyers before he was escorted from the court flanked by custody officers and will be sentenced at a later date.

The maximum penalty for murder is life in prison.

Lynn will return to court on July 19 for a mention, when sentencing dates will be set.

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