The unintended capturing of Carol Clay is one state of affairs Victoria Police thought-about when investigating the camper’s disappearance in March 2020.
She and her associate Russell Hill vanished whereas on a tenting journey in the distant Wonnangatta Valley space, in Victoria’s alpine area.
Former airline pilot Greg Lynn was charged with their homicide in November 2021 and has pleaded not responsible.
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A committal listening to in Melbourne Magistrates Court is testing the proof against him.
Lynn’s barrister Dermot Dann outlined one state of affairs officers thought-about, together with that Hill had grabbed Lynn’s shotgun.
“The two were wrestling over the gun causing an accidental discharge, or causing discharge, which struck Ms Clay in the head while positioned on the (passenger) side of Hill’s vehicle,” he described.
Victoria Police forensic officer Mark Gellatly confirmed that was one state of affairs thought-about and proof discovered on Hill’s automotive was probably linked with that.
He examined the within of Hill’s automotive in May 2020 and located one potential space of blood staining on an armrest.
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Possible blood staining and “other biological material” have been also detected on a cover on the passenger side of Hill’s automotive throughout a later examination, Gellatly said.
Dann prompt that potential state of affairs could not be dominated both in or out.
“That’s right. It’s a possible explanation at this point,” Gellatly replied.
Earlier, Detective Senior Constable Abbey Justin said she recorded an interview with Lynn in July 2020, practically 18 months before he was charged.
For about an hour she and murder squad detective Brett Florence spoke to Lynn in the kitchen of his Caroline Springs residence about his actions the day after Hill and Clay have been allegedly murdered.
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Justin said Lynn’s automotive was one among a dozen picked up by automated quantity plate recognition cameras on the Hotham Alpine Resort between 9.40am and 10am on March 21, 2020.
Phone information had positioned Hill’s telephone in the world on the time, prompting officers to overview footage.
Justin said the 11 different vehicles picked up by the digicam had also been captured on two quantity plate recognition cameras on the opposite side of the alpine resort and eradicated because of this.
She said she and Florence had gone to Lynn’s home to seek out out the actions of his car that day.
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“We had the car going through ANPR. We needed to confirm who was driving,” she said on Tuesday.
Justin also took a photograph of Lynn’s automotive on the residence. She believed it was the same car though it was a distinct color.
She said the photographs confirmed it had been a darkish color – navy or gray.
A beige Nissan Patrol was seized by police when Lynn was arrested and charged with homicide in November 2021.
Hill and Clay have been last heard from on March 20.
Hill’s automotive and their burnt-out campsite have been found seven days later.
Their our bodies have been discovered in distant bushland close to Dargo in November 2021, days after Lynn’s arrest.
The listening to is continuous.
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