Moments after an underworld figure was shot dead in his bed a woman denies sending a Snapchat photo of his body "to the world", a Sydney court has heard.
An associate of controversial Sydney businessman Salim Mehajer is standing trial accused of assisting in the shooting murder of Kemel "Blackie" Barakat in 2017 in western Sydney.
Ahmed Jaghbir, 31, is charged with being an accessory before the fact after allegedly providing a key to Mr Barakat's Mortlake unit block to the group who carried out his execution on March 10.
In his opening address on Monday, defence lawyer Gregory James QC said Mr Barakat's death had gone public soon after the shooting.
"Shortly after the moment of shooting, a Snapchat photo.... had gone forth to the world indicating he was dead," Mr James told the NSW Supreme Court
He said the role of Fatima Hage accused of taking the photograph "becomes highly confusing".
In her evidence on Monday Ms Hage denied having sent the Snapchat photograph but later said she could not remember much of the events surrounding that evening.
Before the shooting occurred Mr Barakat had allegedly asked for Jaghbir's assistance in replacing a door that police had smashed down.
The Crown says Jaghbir then provided the group of assailants with information relating to a fire staircase at the back of the apartment block.
CCTV footage tendered as evidence shows a group of men entering Mr Barakat's apartment building through a rear fire door, gaining entry to his apartment and then fleeing in a stolen Mercedes C63 wagon which was later found burnt-out at Belmore.
The Crown alleges the group tried and failed two days before the murder to carry out the plot, but managed to remove the handles and lock to a security grill door at the apartment, which were found in the burnt Mercedes.
Crown prosecutor Christopher Taylor said the case comprised a number of "extraordinary coincidences" including Jaghbir obtaining a key to Mr Barakat's home and knowing the precise information that the murderers ended up using.
Mr Taylor says Jaghbir made an admission during a conversation secretly recorded in July, whereby he "doesn't deny his involvement in setting up the murder of the deceased".
But Mr James said the Crown was relying on circumstantial evidence, and a number of other people knew similar information and could gain access to the building.
"It is not possible to simply submit that this accused was unique in having knowledge or had special esoteric knowledge that one could attribute to him as being the source of the people getting in," Mr James told the court.
Jaghbir has separately been accused of helping mastermind a staged Sydney car crash to prevent former Auburn deputy mayor Mehajer attending a court case in 2017.
In her evidence on Monday Ms Hage says she awoke to a group of men shouting in Mr Barakat's apartment before he was gunned down next to her.
After one friend messaged Ms Hage saying she was coming and asked if he was "breathing," she sent one text message back saying "dead", the court heard.
Police officer Joseph Paul Maree, who was in charge of the investigation following the murder, said multiple strike forces had been set up in relation to a number of linked gangland murders.
Mr Barakat was a suspect in relation to one of the murders police were investigating.
The judge-alone trial continues before Justice David Davies.