Murders were strikingly similar: court told

TWO Tasmanian men slain 14 years apart were murdered in "strikingly similar" ways, a court has been told.

Acting DPP Darryl Coates, SC, began his closing address this morning in the murder trial of Kalangadoo man Stephen Roy Standage.

Mr Standage has pleaded not guilty to shooting dead Ronald Frederick Jarvis in 1992 or John Lewis Thorn in 2006.

Mr Coates laid out a number of similarities between the two killings, and told jurors the accused was the only linking factor between the two ''extremely rare'' crimes.

The court heard Mr Standage had a drug relationship with both men and a tendency, ''at the very least'', to threaten people with guns.

The trial continues.