The scion of a fearsome Australian crime family cried for his life after accidently shooting himself in the groin. Omar Chaouk, 25, was reaching for cigarettes in his pocket when the gun accidentally went off. The wound left a hole near his navel and grazed his testicles, resulting in swelling. Speaking at his trial Tuesday, prosecutor Catherine Parkes said, “He pulled down his pants to check the wound, he asked (a female friend) if he was going to die and started crying.”
Omar is the youngest son of Macchour Chaouk, the patriarch of a Lebanese crime family in the city of Melbourne who trafficked in drugs, including heroin. The elder Chaouk was gunned down in his backyard in 2010, the result of long-standing feud with the rival Haddara family. Omar’s older brother Mohamed was shot to death by police after threatening them with a sword during a 2005 drug raid on the family home.
Omar Chaouk has been in custody since March 2015, when he was arrested the day after shooting himself. He was tried Tuesday for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, as well as for theft of a sports car in January 2015. Chaouk’s defense argued he has an intellectual disability, which reduces his ability to make moral judgments when breaking the law. He pled guilty to both counts and is expected back in court in December.
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