A man accused of helping to dispose of a body asked his friend to give him an alibi for the night the crime allegedly occurred, a Sydney jury has been told.
Christopher Lines said Andrew Keith Woods, 41, visited him for a few hours on the Friday evening of August 12, 2011, but when leaving he said: "If anyone asks, make sure that everything that happened tonight happened last night."
He was giving evidence on Tuesday in the NSW Supreme Court trial of Elefterios "Terry" Fantakis, 43, who has denied murdering Sam Karmas who was last seen alive on August 11, 2011.
Woods and Derek Cheong, 26, have denied helping Fantakis dispose of the body and evidence.
The Crown has alleged Fantakis believed 52-year-old Mr Karmas was responsible for the death of his twin brother in May 2011.
The prosecutor contends that Fantakis killed and tortured Mr Karmas at a Punchbowl home before disposing of the body which has never been found.
Mr Lines said he was friends with Woods for many years before his August 12 visit, when they had a general chat before Woods made the statement about the previous night.
"I didn't understand and I didn't really ask any questions as I was shocked and said OK," he said.
Woods visited him on later occasions when he told him to make sure "you stick to the story".
Mr Lines said he lied in his August 14 police statement when he said Woods visited him on the Thursday.
On a later occasion, Woods visited him with a man he introduced as "Terry" who also told him to stick to the story, he said.
Mr Lines said sometime after being brought before the Crime Commission, he saw a solicitor because he became worried about "the severity of the situation".
He made another statement that gave the correct date of the visit, he said.
He denied a suggestion from Fantakis's solicitor that the man Terry never told him to stick to the story.
But he agreed with lawyer Tom Hughes that his client Woods told him that the police had thought he had done something wrong.
"He was trying to reassure you he was an innocent man who had done nothing wrong who was getting pinned for something he didn't do," Mr Hughes asked.
"Yes," Mr Lines replied.
The trial is continuing.