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Pilot Accused of Murdering Elderly Couple Sues Ex-Airline For Unfair Dismissal

Pilot Accused of Murdering Elderly Couple Sues Ex-Airline For Unfair Dismissal

An airline pilot accused of murdering an elderly couple is suing his former employer for unfair dismissal after bosses sacked him when he was remanded into custody.

Greg Lynn, 55, of Caroline Springs to the west of Melbourne, Australia, stands accused of murdering elderly campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill. The couple went missing during a camping trip in March 2020, but their bodies were only found on November 30, 2021.

It took two months for police to eventually identify the couple because of the advanced level of decomposition of their bodies.

Lynn was arrested in December and has not been found guilty of any crime ahead of his trial later this year. Bosses at Jetstar, however, sacked him in January because his “present circumstances” prevent him from working as a Captain on the airline’s A320 fleet.

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has taken up Lynn’s case and has accused Jetstar of denying him procedural fairness. In a letter to the airline, the union said Lynn’s dismissal was “harsh, unjust and unreasonable”.

The two sides were unable to come to an agreement so the case has now been referred to the Fair Work Commission.

Lynn argues that he can’t be expected to attend work because he is remanded in custody pending his trial but he has not been found guilty of any crime or workplace misconduct.

The union is representing him in his unfair dismissal claim only and is not involved in the criminal case.

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