A former Kings Cross strip club owner who has admitted being involved in the covering up of a fatal shooting in a Sydney CBD hotel room has denied pulling the trigger.
Elias Dimarelis, who was co-proprietor of the Love Machine, has given evidence for the Crown at the NSW Supreme Court trial of Hasan Fazlilar, 32, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering Donovan Mileham in mid-November 2015.
Justice Natalie Adams on Wednesday gave the jury a standard warning about the possibility of evidence being unreliable when given by a witness who admits being criminally involved in an event.
The 44-year-old Mileham, who was visiting Sydney from the Central Coast, died from blood loss probably within minutes of being shot once in the back of his left thigh in room 3109 of the Fraser Suites in Kent Street.
The Crown alleges Fazlilar and Mr Mileham met for the first time at the club and spent many hours partying before a number of people, including Dimarelis, went to the Fraser to continue their revelling.
Fazlilar is accused of shooting Mr Mileham once in the thigh in the presence of Dimarelis.
He had allegedly called him a dog after seeing a reference to Crime Stoppers on his phone.
Two cleaners on Wednesday testified to having separately looked into room 3109 to see if the occupant had checked out.
The room was dark and they both saw a man lying on his back on the floor and thought he was asleep and perhaps drunk.
The jury has been told the body was not found until 38 hours after the shooting when a caller to triple-zero said he was concerned about the occupant of the room who had been partying.
The trial continues.