Drama about Germany’s tennis legend!
Boris Becker (54) was found guilty of four out of 24 charges by the jury in the criminal case at Southwark Crown Court in London on Friday!
Becker was accused of failing to disclose all his assets to the British “Insolvency Service” and the insolvency administrators following his bankruptcy in 2017. The Wimbledon winner fiercely defended himself against the allegations.
It is not yet clear if he will go to jail. If convicted on all 24 charges, he could face up to seven years in prison.
Becker was found guilty on indictments Nos. 4, 10, 13 and 14.
4th charge: After declaring bankruptcy on 21 June 2017, Boris Becker should have transferred large sums to other accounts (EUR 426,930 in the form of nine different transfers).
10th charge: Becker is said to have hidden a property with the address “Im Schilling” in his hometown Leimen from the insolvency authorities. It’s the tennis legend’s childhood home.
13th charge: Becker is said to have hidden a loan from the Bank Alpinum in Liechtenstein of 825,000 EUR for the house “Im Schilling” in Leimen.
14th charge: Becker is said to have withheld 75,000 shares in Breaking Data Corp.
Becker remains at large until the verdict falls. BUT: Boris must hand in his passport, must not travel and must remain at the same address until Judge Deborah Taylor announces his verdict. It was to happen on April 29th.
After this, he can still appeal – both to the guilty verdict and to the verdict.
The former tennis star followed the jury’s guilty verdict, which began around 3:03 p.m. German time, with a red face and a fixed gaze on the referee’s seat. He had his arms crossed in front of his body all the time.
As during the entire trial, he sat as accused in the glass cabinet, which the British also call “The Dark”. His girlfriend Lilian and his eldest son Noah (28) were also in the courtroom.
After the guilty verdict, Boris left the court with his son and girlfriend and got into a white taxi.
Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley came out of the building after Becker. She commented on the guilty verdict against Becker with the words: “I am satisfied.”
Asked by BILD, neither Becker nor his lawyer Jonathan Laidlaw wanted to comment on the verdict.
Dean Beale, managing director of the UK Investigative Services, was pleased with the verdict: “Today’s verdict confirms that Boris Becker did not fulfill his legal obligation to disclose significant assets during his insolvency. This conviction is a sharp warning to anyone who believes “They can hide their wealth and get away with it. They will be exposed and prosecuted.”
Regardless of the conviction, Becker is still considered insolvent and is therefore subject to strict conditions. According to the Insolvency Service, he must inform a lender of his current status if he wants to take out a loan of more than £ 500.
In addition, he cannot act as a director of a company without the approval of the court, as he did for his own company before it went bankrupt.
Becker may be jailed in Wandsworth Jail in the Wandsworth district of south London (nicknamed ‘Screws Jail’ – a prison where the wardens are in charge) before being transferred on.
Or he comes to Belmarsh (HMP Belmarsh), a prison with maximum security in the Thamesmead area.
Becker had initially denied all charges against him.
At the witness stand, he stated that he had “trusted” financial advisers and lawyers and in most cases “had no idea” what was happening to his finances. “I have no patience to go through contracts,” the tennis legend said in court. “I relied on my lawyer’s judgment. I just looked at the sum and how much money was mentioned there.” For example, Becker would never have paid his bills himself.
Becker and his wives
Through his “very expensive” divorce from his ex-wife Barbara Becker (55) and other problems, “Boris himself got into financial difficulties” in 2012. It has become very difficult “to make a lot of money with my name” because sponsors and companies have terminated their contracts or not extended them.
He also remembered his wife Lilly Becker’s (45) behavior in court after he was declared a bride: “I was embarrassed. My son Elias called me and said that my wife threw furniture out the window and was freaked out. ”
According to his attorney, at a meeting at the time, Becker offered the administrator “a closer look at the house at Wimbledon to see what was there” and even offered “an expensive” wedding ring to pay off his debt.
Becker then took out a loan of more than £ 3.5 million from private bank Arbuthnot Latham, including for his 245,000-square-foot Mallorcan luxury villa (value according to Becker: € 15 million) to renovate and sell it.
The former tennis professional also owed a debt to a British businessman, from whom he borrowed £ 1.2 million at a 25 per cent usury rate. And that in the hope of being able to pay them back after the house is sold. However, due to the “weak” market situation, Becker remained stuck in his villa in Spain.
In addition to his financial problems, defendant Becker also commented on other allegations, such as that he did not know he had owned a property in Leimen for “decades.”
Regarding the accusation that he made some of his legendary trophies disappear, Becker said at the witness stand: “Today I want the trophies to show my children.”
To many other allegations by the prosecution, Becker said the sentence: “It is not correct”.
Following Becker’s statements and the attorneys’ closing remarks, Judge Taylor dismissed the 11-man jury, who had been decimated by illness, for their deliberations Wednesday at noon. 15.09.
The judge appealed at the beginning of the trial: “You should ignore the defendant’s fame and treat him as someone you’ve never heard of or are not in the public eye.”
The prosecutor said so
Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley, 38, said in her prayer Tuesday that she found Becker guilty on all 24 charges.
“Becker is trying to blame everyone but himself,” she said. “The way he handled money shows he knew what he was doing.”
The public prosecutor also sees his lack of credibility as proven in the bag about his lack of trophies. “Tennis is his life,” Chalkley said. “How can he not remember in the survey when he won the Australia Open. It is unbelievable.”
According to the prosecutor, Becker acted intentionally and recalled his judgment in Munich in 2002 for tax evasion. Chalkley accused Becker of “not disclosing anything” because he was aware that he would otherwise “then lose the money” and that he had used his company account “as his piggy bank”.
That’s what Becker’s lawyer said
Becker’s lawyer, Jonathan Laidlaw, appealed in his plea that the jury should “thoroughly” think about their verdict on Boris Becker.
One has to keep in mind that the tennis star’s life has been “unusual” after being in the public eye since he won Wimbledon at the age of 17. This was “not just a sporting triumph”. As “Germans, Becker conquered the hearts of the British.”
At the time, Becker was “a young man” who “only traveled for the next 15 years.” He was surrounded by advisers and was “too lazy to read documents.”
He could not have handled his quick riches. “But it has nothing to do with dishonesty or the intent to hide things,” Becker’s lawyer said.