Heres a run-down on the life of Macchour Chaouk, gunned down in his own home today…More to come
BORN in Tripoli, Macchour Chaouk migrated from Lebanon in 1969, working at a tyre factory in Sydney’s west.
He returned to Lebanon to marry Fatma, and then the couple settled in Brooklyn, in Melbourne’s west, in 1974.
Over the next 20 years the couple produced five sons and a daughter, and built several houses on Geelong Rd in Brooklyn.
For a time, Macchour Chaouk worked in a wool store in Sunshine and then a fruit shop, but he was never out of trouble for long.
In 1975, Macchour Chaouk was charged with his first offence — assault with a weapon after he beat another man with metal bars at a factory.
In 1983 he was convicted of trafficking heroin, and two years later was charged with assaulting police.
And his crimes were not just restricted to Victoria. In 1984 he was charged with assault and burglary by NSW police.
In 1985 he was incapacitated by two motor accidents, and has not worked since.
In 1986, Macchour Chaouk was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, and spent years on anti-depressants.
He was charged with recklessly causing serious injury after beating a man over an allegedly stolen bike in 1991.
That year he also invested in an unsuccessful grocery shop, a failure that resulted in the loss of his home.
In 2000, Chaouk was sentenced to five years in prison for trafficking in heroin.
By October 2004, the Organised Crime Squad had serious concerns about other members of the family and launched Operation Vapor, fearing for the safety of the family’s enemies.
Within six months, investigators on Vapor had gathered sufficient evidence to lay a number of charges against some family members and their associates.
The charges included attempted murder, false imprisonment, drug offences and serious assaults, as well as perverting the course of justice.
This year, a coroner investigating the 2005 police shooting death of Mohamed Chaouk said the family had a “violent and unpredictable nature”.
THE CHAOUK FAMILY
FATHER: MACCHOUR CHAOUK
Migrated to Australia in 1969. Did not work after being injured in a traffic accident in 1985. Shot dead in Brooklyn August 13, 2010.
MOTHER: FATMA CHAOUK
Migrated in 1974 and produced six children
Sued police following the raid on the family home
SON: MOHAMED CHAOUK
Shot dead after confronting police with a sword during the 2005 raid
SON: OMAR CHAOUK
Family’s youngest son who was arrested last month and claims he had a gun held to his head as a 13-year-old during the 2005 raid
COUSIN: AHMED HABLAS
Charged with the murder last year of Mohammed Haddara in Altona North