Man jailed for killing best friend in botched drug attack


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The house where Khaldoun Abbas went to confront Jui Wei ”Alan” Huang over an unpaid drug debt.It was a “half-baked attempt at gangsterism” that ended with his best mate dead, a baby girl effectively without a father and two families devastated for years to come.
Nanjing Night Net

Khaldoun Abbas was sentenced to at least eight years in prison on Friday for accidentally shooting his childhood friend in 2011 during a botched attempt to recover a $500 drug debt.

Abbas, then 18, had gone to the Rockdale home of small-time drug dealer and addict Jui Wei “Alan” Huang to force him into repaying the money.

Two close friends, 18-year-old Aydin Dogan and a 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, joined him and together they pinned Huang to the ground and bashed him around the head and legs.

Abbas took out a small, black semi-automatic handgun and held it towards Mr Huang’s legs while trying to slap him.

He ordered Mr Huang to get up but, in the process, was accidentally bumped, causing him to discharge the firearm in the face of the 17-year-old, his childhood friend.

He then dropped the pistol on the ground, accidentally firing it again as he picked it up, before running from the house.

“It was a half-baked attempt at gangsterism that has left his good friend dead, a family devastated, him in prison and his daughter effectively fatherless,” Justice Robert Beech-Jones said as he handed down the sentence for manslaughter, assault and firearm possession.

The bullet travelled through the teenager’s left check and into his brain, causing hypoxic brain damage and a subdural haemorrhage.

The victim’s seven siblings were preparing a Ramadan feast at their home on August 6, 2011, when they received a call from police.

“Instead the evening ended with the siblings assembled at St George Hospital with their brother on life support,” Justice Beech-Jones said.

His parents immediately flew home from Lebanon to be by their son’s side.

Outside court, two of the victim’s brothers said their mother had continued to visit the grave site every day since the death.

Abbas had shown deep remorse and grief at killing his best friend and Justice Beech-Jones accepted that he had no intention to use the firearm during his “escapade of gangsterism”.

After the incident, Abbas told police he had no idea where the gun’s safety catch was.

“I didn’t even know that it was loaded,” he said.

However, Justice Beech-Jones said that “unlike his friend, [Abbas] will have an opportunity to make a life for himself” when he is released.

Abbas’ wife gave birth to a girl 19 months ago while he was in custody and he will be eligible for parole in 2019, when his daughter is seven years old.

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The house where Khaldoun Abbas went to confront Jui Wei ”Alan” Huang over an unpaid drug debt.It was a “half-baked attempt at gangsterism” that ended with his best mate dead, a baby girl effectively without a father and two families devastated for years to come.
Nanjing Night Net

Khaldoun Abbas was sentenced to at least eight years in prison on Friday for accidentally shooting his childhood friend in 2011 during a botched attempt to recover a $500 drug debt.

Abbas, then 18, had gone to the Rockdale home of small-time drug dealer and addict Jui Wei “Alan” Huang to force him into repaying the money.

Two close friends, 18-year-old Aydin Dogan and a 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, joined him and together they pinned Huang to the ground and bashed him around the head and legs.

Abbas took out a small, black semi-automatic handgun and held it towards Mr Huang’s legs while trying to slap him.

He ordered Mr Huang to get up but, in the process, was accidentally bumped, causing him to discharge the firearm in the face of the 17-year-old, his childhood friend.

He then dropped the pistol on the ground, accidentally firing it again as he picked it up, before running from the house.

“It was a half-baked attempt at gangsterism that has left his good friend dead, a family devastated, him in prison and his daughter effectively fatherless,” Justice Robert Beech-Jones said as he handed down the sentence for manslaughter, assault and firearm possession.

The bullet travelled through the teenager’s left check and into his brain, causing hypoxic brain damage and a subdural haemorrhage.

The victim’s seven siblings were preparing a Ramadan feast at their home on August 6, 2011, when they received a call from police.

“Instead the evening ended with the siblings assembled at St George Hospital with their brother on life support,” Justice Beech-Jones said.

His parents immediately flew home from Lebanon to be by their son’s side.

Outside court, two of the victim’s brothers said their mother had continued to visit the grave site every day since the death.

Abbas had shown deep remorse and grief at killing his best friend and Justice Beech-Jones accepted that he had no intention to use the firearm during his “escapade of gangsterism”.

After the incident, Abbas told police he had no idea where the gun’s safety catch was.

“I didn’t even know that it was loaded,” he said.

However, Justice Beech-Jones said that “unlike his friend, [Abbas] will have an opportunity to make a life for himself” when he is released.

Abbas’ wife gave birth to a girl 19 months ago while he was in custody and he will be eligible for parole in 2019, when his daughter is seven years old.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.