Labourer says he didn't mean for murder

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Drunk, high, and annoyed a weed dealer turned him down, labourer Jake Burns stormed into a Sydney home and said "this is a robbery".

Now facing sentencing for the resident's stabbing murder, the 25-year-old wishes he could do over again the next frantic moments.

"I am sorry, I didn't mean for it to happen," Burns told a NSW Supreme Court disputed facts hearing on Thursday

"If I could go back and take it back, I would take it back in the blink of an eye."

The labourer, who previously enjoyed a clean criminal record, faces years in prison for the murder of cannabis dealer Erol Tokcan, who was knifed once in the chest at his Dharruk home on March 9, 2018.

Burns testified on Thursday he ran into the home, threatened robbery and told the occupants "f**king oath, I'm serious".

Holding a 10-centimetre blade to the torso of the man who answered the door, the pair wrestled before Burns says Mr Tokcan ran at him.

"He was running at me to tackle me, and I put my arms up in a reflex," he testified.

"It wasn't deliberate, it was an accident.

"He took a step back and I realised he was bleeding and I panicked and said 'we've got to go' and we ran."

Burns' version differs from that suggested by the Crown, on the basis of Mr Tokcan's friend David Lapika.

Mr Lapika on Tuesday testified the victim said "what are you doing in my f***ing house?" before Burns and his victim wrestled and the killer said "I'll stab you" and "let me go".

Burns denied uttering those words or wrestling Mr Tokcan.

The catalyst for the attempted robbery, Burns said, was Mr Tokcan turning him away 15 minutes earlier from buying a "50" of cannabis.

Heading back to his mate's home empty-handed, the angry and frustrated offender blurted out "we should go back and take it all" to his three friends.

"They said ... 'don't say something that you're not going to do' and I said 'take me back there are and I'll do it then'," Burns said.

He accepted the five-minute drive back to Mr Tokcan's home was an opportunity to reconsider the robbery plot but Burns "felt peer pressure that I had to do what I said I would do".

He also assumed the knife was enough of a threat to achieve his goal.

Burns has been in custody since his arrest in March 2020.

His two mates who also walked up to Mr Tokcan's door both pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rob in company.

Jerami Dillion Edward Angelos, aged in his mid-20s, was released to parole in September halfway through his three-year term.

Ryan Hall, 25, was jailed for three years, three months - having also pleaded guilty to destroying Burns' knife.

Justice Lucy McCallum will settle the facts by November 26, before sentencing Burns in 2022.

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