Omar Chaouk shot himself in the testicle while reaching for cigarettes. He had a silver handgun in his pocket which he accidentally fired. Chaouk, 25, started crying and asked if he was going to die. He is the son of late Melbourne crime boss Macchour Chaouk.
The son of a murdered Melbourne crime boss pulled down his pants and started crying when he thought he might die after he shot himself in the groin.
A bullet grazed Omar Chaouk’s testicle after he reached into his pocket for a cigarette, accidentally shooting himself with a gun he had there.
Son of the late Macchour Chaouk, the 25-year-old pleaded guilty on Tuesday to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm over the accidental shooting in 2015.
Omar Chaouk shot himself in the testicle in March while reaching for cigarettes
He is the son of late Melbourne crime boss Macchour Chaouk, pictured here at his father’s funeral in 2010
He also pleaded guilty to theft of a sports car in January 2015.
Two months later Chaouk drove off in an acquaintance’s car after brandishing a .22 silver handgun and telling the owner he believed Serbian gangsters were after him.
He tried to call a mutual friend as Chaouk became increasingly agitated and yelled at the man to get out of the car.
It was a week later on March 17 that Chaouk shot himself with the same gun while reaching into his pocket outside a friend’s house in Caroline Springs.
‘He pulled down his pants to check the wound,’ said prosecutor Catherine Parkes.
‘He asked her if he was going to die and started crying.’
Chaouk started crying after he shot himself and asked if he was going to die
Members of the Hells Angels outside the Preston Mosque for Macchour Chaouk’s funeral
The woman friend drove him to hospital, where he told medical staff he had accidentally shot himself while playing with a pen gun.
Doctors found a five-millimetre bullet entry point near his navel, and abrasion and swelling on his right testicle.
Chaouk was discharged from hospital the next day and arrested by police.
He has been in custody since March 2015.
His defence say Chaouk has an intellectual disability, which could reduce his moral culpability over his offending.
Macchour, 65, was gunned down outside the family’s Brooklyn home in 2010
Omar Chaouk’s older brother, Mohamed, died after police shot the 29-year-old during raids at the family home in 2005
He is the youngest in his family, and lost his father and brother in violent circumstances, said his barrister Grace Morgan.
His father Macchour, 65, was gunned down outside the family’s Brooklyn home in 2010.
His older brother, Mohamed, died after police shot the 29-year-old during raids at the family home in 2005.