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Chaouk red-faced over groin shot: court

AAP logoAAP 1/12/2016 Melissa Iaria

The hapless son of a murdered Melbourne identity shot himself in the testicle, smoked ice on the way to the hospital, then refused treatment because he was hungry.

But Omar Chaouk's defence barrister Grace Morgan asked County Court Judge Damian Murphy to go easy on the 25-year-old because his injury, which earned him "some notoriety" in jail, served as a reminder of his crime.

"It's self-inflicted," Judge Murphy replied.

But Ms Morgan said her client should not be treated so harshly because it caused him worry, embarrassment and scarring in an area "that matters a lot to young men".

Chaouk was about to smoke ice when he reached in his pocket and accidentally shot himself with a handgun - but smoked the drug before he attended the hospital, "which really shows the level of regard for his self interest, if anything else", Ms Morgan said.

Doctors found a five-millimetre bullet entry point near Chaouk's navel, and an abrasion and swelling on his right testicle.

But when he reached hospital, he refused the recommended operation because he would need to fast beforehand and he was hungry, the court heard on Thursday.

Chaouk has pleaded guilty to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm after he accidentally shot himself with a handgun in March 2015.

He has also pleaded guilty to theft of a sports car in January 2015.

He drove off in an acquaintance's car after brandishing a .22 silver handgun and telling the owner he believed Serbian gangsters were after him.

Ms Morgan argued Chaouk's intellectual disability should reduce his moral culpability for his crimes.

She also asked Judge Murphy to consider her client grew up in an "extremely dysfunctional family" where two family members were killed in violent circumstances.

Ms Morgan said her client may have been brought up in an environment where carrying a firearm was thought to be good and necessary for one's protection, but he had since changed his views.

Judge Murphy ordered Chaouk be assessed for a community correction order and will sentence him on December 9.

Chaouk's father Macchour Chaouk,, 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.

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