Defence quizzes victim's son

THE SON of a slain Lake Leake man has denied any involvement in his father's murder.

It is alleged John Lewis Thorn was shot dead in dense Lake Leake bushland in August 2006.

Son Adam Thorn gave evidence for a second day in the Hobart Supreme Court yesterday against his father's accused killer.

Kalangadoo man Stephen Roy Standage has pleaded not guilty to the murder.

Mr Standage has also pleaded not guilty to killing Ronald Frederick Jarvis 14 years earlier.

Under cross-examination yesterday, Adam Thorn told the court he had no idea who was involved in his father's murder.

Mr Thorn was asked whether he himself had anything to do with the victim's death, to which he replied, ``definitely not''.

Defence lawyer Tamara Jago questioned Mr Thorn about the division of his father's $1.1 million estate.

The court heard Mr Thorn's sister was to receive $20,000 from her father's estate, with $10,000 left to a family friend.

The balance was left to Adam Thorn.

Ms Jago asked the witness why such a ``miserly'' sum was left to his sister.

Mr Thorn said his father and his sister had fallen out about her relationship with her mother, the victim's estranged wife.

The witness denied any knowledge of comments his father made regarding his relationship with his mother, and the impact it could have on his inheritance.

Mr Thorn also gave evidence of taking police to a drug stash site in a rocky outcrop on his father's property soon after his body was found.

The witness said it was the first time he had visited the site, which his father described to him two months earlier.

``The rocks appeared to have been disturbed . . . as if they had sort of been freshly turned over,'' Mr Thorn said.

No cannabis was found at the site.

Mr Thorn said in the weeks after his father's murder, he found one of three cash stash sites his father had told him was located on the property.

The witness said he discovered about $10,000 underneath a rock retaining wall, keeping half and giving half to his father's partner.

Later, the jury heard from Lake Leake resident Darryl Parker, who told of seeing the victim the day before he disappeared.

``He was in very good spirits and very buoyant,'' Mr Parker told the court.

He also gave evidence that he went to Mr Standage's property after the victim's body was found, to help him put down a sick sheep.

The court heard the two discussed John Thorn's death.

``Steve said, `I hope they get the bastard that did this . . . they'll probably be looking at me like they did with Jarvis','' Mr Parker said.

He said the accused thanked him for shooting the sheep.

``He said he didn't have a gun and didn't like killing things,'' Mr Parker told the jury.

The trial continues today.

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