The Walloon Brabant Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced M.C., originally from Wavre and born in 1989, to 20 months in prison and a fine of €300. In August 2016 in the Walloon Brabant municipality of Grez-Doiceau, the accused went to the home of a young man who had been admitted to hospital. The defendant had indicated to the man’s father that his son had set fire to the accused’s flat in Wavre.
He demanded in return €2,500 or a car which was parked on the driveway of the father’s property. Upon the father’s refusal to comply, M.C. then partly damaged the vehicle with the help of his accomplices.
The car in which the criminal gang fled, and evidence from the young man admitted to hospital, enabled the investigators to trace the perpetrator of the incident. M.C. used a revolver to break the windscreen and other windows of the vehicle that he could not take away, and then he fired other shots into the bodywork.
M.C. confirmed to the police that he had damaged the car in this way. However, cited to appear in the criminal court, he did not attend to explain his actions and was sentenced in absentia.
The Public Prosecutor, present at the hearing, stated that the accused already had several previous convictions, including a four-year partially suspended prison sentence.