A 50-year-old man was sentenced on Tuesday by the Liège Court of Appeal to 250 hours of community service and a fine of €400 on charges of assault and forgery.
The man had faked a carjacking in an attempt to escape prosecution after committing a hit-and-run against two pedestrians and feeling the scene.
The incident had taken place on the night of 17 to 18 October 2019 in Spa.
Two French employees of the Balmoral Hotel were walking down a road on their way home from work when they were hit by a motorist.
The drunk driver fled the scene and then called the police to claim he had been carjacked.
When the wrecked car was discovered, police soon realised that the owner had fabricated a carjacking story in an attempt to escape prosecution for a hit-and-run.
The defendant was convicted of charges of unintentional assault and forgery.
He received a sentence of 250 hours of community service (or 18 months imprisonment in the event of non-compliance) and a €400 fine.