Accused killer a drug informant, court told

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A KALANGADOO man accused of two murders provided Launceston police with ``off the record'' information about drug dealers, a court has heard.

Stephen Roy Standage, 61, is alleged to have shot dead John Lewis Thorn in 2006 and Ronald Frederick Jarvis in 1992.

He has pleaded not guilty to both killings.

The court has heard Mr Standage had drug dealings with both murder victims.

Former Launceston Drug Squad Sergeant Patrick Groves gave evidence in the Supreme Court hearing against Mr Standage today.

Mr Groves said the accused telephoned him several times while he was stationed at the drug squad between 1990 and 1995.

``He would give me information in respect of people dealing in drugs,'' the witness said.

Mr Groves said he recorded details of their conversations on information sheets, but the court heard the sheets have not since been found.

Defence lawyer Tamara Jago put it to Mr Groves that the conversations never occurred, the sheets did not exist, and Mr Standage had never acted as a police informant.

However, the witness refuted the claims, insisting the conversations had occurred and were documented.

Jurors were told the Launceston drug squad was later disbanded over corruption issues.

Mr Groves said the corruption was limited to one officer who started work towards the end of his time at the squad.

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