What the tennis icon can save from prison

Friday will be for Boris Becker to the fateful day. The verdict in the trial for postponing bankruptcy will be announced in London. For the tennis icon, there is only a small hope of escaping a verdict after all.

He replaced the center court with the crown court. Tennis court versus courtroom. Involuntarily, but not without your own fault. Just 15 kilometers away from Wimbledon, where Boris Becker’s life for the first time changed in a direction not thought possible on July 7, 1985, it could happen again 37 years later at Southwark Crown Court, the British criminal court.

Figuratively speaking, Boris Becker is a break behind. Maybe even with a double break. The tennis legend will be convicted on Friday for postponing bankruptcy. He is already known guilty. Judge Deborah Taylor will announce whether he risks a large fine or even a prison sentence. At worst, Becker could risk up to seven years behind bars.

Becker, who was visibly marked during the trial earlier this month, was released on bail pending sentencing following the April 8 verdict. He had to hand in his passport.

Moral support: Boris Becker (center) was accompanied by his girlfriend Lilian de Carvalho (left) and son Noah on the last day of the trial. (Credit: ZUMA Wire / imago images)

Becker veiled debt

Flashback: On June 21, 2017, Becker was declared bankrupt by a court in London. Almost five years later, on April 8, 2022, he was found guilty of delaying bankruptcy. The jury came to this conclusion on 4 of the 24 points. Although Becker was able to invalidate 20, the 4 remaining could now change his life. April 29, 2022 will be Becker’s fateful day.

What Becker is accused of in these four matters: secrecy of property and concealment of debt.

What exactly is it? Lawyer Jeremy Boyle of London law firm Summit Law LLP explains on t-online: “It was found that Becker withheld significant assets from his bankruptcy trustees, including a large loan, shares and a property in Germany.” It is said to be a property in Becker’s hometown of Leimen (Baden-Württemberg).

Attorney Jeremy Boyle specializes in UK insolvency law and works for the London-based Summit Law LLP.  (Source: t-online / Jeremy Boyle / Summit Law LLP)Attorney Jeremy Boyle specializes in UK insolvency law and works for the London-based Summit Law LLP. (Credit: Jeremy Boyle / Summit Law LLP / t-online)

Boyle continues: “In addition, Becker has withdrawn assets of nearly 430,000 euros from his bankruptcy estate.” He is said to have illegally placed the money in the accounts of his ex-wives Lilly and Barbara.

Becker will find out the punishment for these offenses on Friday. The chances of avoiding punishment – whatever it is – are slim. Attorney Boyle: “In theory, a convicted person can appeal to the Trial Division of the Court of Appeals.”

Becker must hope for error from the court

Although Becker may appeal both the verdict itself and the verdict, the chances of success would be slim. Boyle, who specializes in UK insolvency law, explains: “There is only limited scope to appeal a judgment or conviction.”

He mentions the three most common reasons:

The judge erred in law during the hearing.

2. The judge misled the jury by law or fact in his reasoning.

There was another procedural error during the trial.

As things stand, there is no evidence that Becker can profitably bring one of these points into the field. But that is the only hope he can hold on to.

In his glorious career, from which not even the trophies were left, Becker turned hopeless scores in tennis matches. The more pressure, the better he played. But now he only has what was never his game. He must hope for a foul from the opponent.

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