NSW witness told he got away with murder

The man who allegedly found the hit man to kill his boss' wife has told a court he didn't get away with murder.

Anthony Stambolis gave evidence on Thursday in the NSW Supreme Court trial of his former boss, Mark Caleo, who has pleaded not guilty to soliciting the murder of his wife Rita Caleo.

She was stabbed 23 times in her Double Bay townhouse in the city's eastern suburbs in August 1990.

That hit was allegedly carried out by Alani Afu, 50, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms Caleo.

Caleo has also pleaded not guilty to soliciting the murder of his wife's brother Michael Chye, who was shot in the head at close range as he drove into the garage of his Woollahra home in October 1989.

The Crown has alleged Caleo felt he was being ripped off by the siblings.

Mr Stambolis told prosecutor Margaret Cunneen SC that Caleo told him to offer $10,000 to find someone to kill his wife and make it look like a "robbery gone wrong".

He said Caleo initially told him to find someone to rob his Double Bay home for $2000 for insurance purposes but then increased it to $10,000 to have his wife killed.

Mr Stambolis said he found a man, whom he referred to as "the Tongan", who was willing to accept the job.

Caleo changed his mind about the murder when he was feeling the heat after Dr Chye's death, but said an insurance job "wouldn't raise a brow", Mr Stambolis told the court.

However, Mr Stambolis said he still told "the Tongan" that the $10,000 was to kill Ms Caleo, but thought she would be out the night they arranged to rob the house and drove "the Tongan" to the Double Bay home.

Holding back tears at times while giving evidence, Mr Stambolis said "the Tongan" got back in his car and said "I stabbed the s***" before telling him to "f***ing drive".

Caleo's barrister, Grant Brady SC, told Mr Stambolis he "would be sitting in that dock there, charged with murder," had he not given information to the police about Caleo to help his own troubles with the law.

"And rightly so," Mr Stambolis said.

"I've given them Mark Caleo, finally, after all these years."

The trial is continuing.

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