Boris Becker is going to jail
Boris Becker has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for postponing insolvency, of which he must serve at least half. After the announcement, Becker grabbed a packed bag with a fixed gaze. He was taken directly into custody.
Dformer tennis star Boris Becker is to go to jail. A court in London has sentenced the three-time Wimbledon winner to two and a half years in prison, of which he must serve at least half.
The former exceptional athlete had not disclosed assets worth more than one million euros in his insolvency proceedings. A jury found Becker guilty of several charges three weeks ago. The 54-year-old had denied the allegations. He can appeal the verdict.
The lay judges at London’s Southwark Crown Court had found that Becker had concealed ownership of a property in his hometown of Leimen, illegally transferred large sums to other accounts and concealed shares in an artificial intelligence company and a loan debt.
The public prosecutor had filed a total of 24 charges against Becker. Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley found it proven that he had deliberately concealed several possessions and now blamed his advisers who he said had handled his finances. The tennis legend’s defender had said his client was naive but innocent. The jury followed this argument in 20 points, also when it came to the issue of missing trophies. But the guilty verdict on four counts is enough to fundamentally change Becker’s life.
“They veiled property, saved it”
Becker, who lives in London, was declared bankrupt in 2017. After that, he had to disclose his assets to the insolvency managers – but according to the court, he omitted important parts. Judge Deborah Taylor said in her judgment, among other things: “I have considered the objections that have been raised on your behalf. But you made personal use of the company account. They obscured property, saved it. So much money was lost. “
The session on Friday opened around 1pm German time and had dragged on for a long time. After the prosecution and the defense’s speech, Judge Taylor ordered a lunch break and announced his verdict at 16.00. Becker, who appeared in a gray suit and a purple and green Wimbledon tie, had to have patience for a while yet. He sat petrified in the courtroom before Taylor showed up almost half an hour late and finally announced his verdict.
After the announcement, Becker got up with a glance, grabbed a packed bag and was then escorted out of the hall through a side door by a law enforcement officer. He was taken directly into custody. The son Noah looked with horror.
“Becker brand is broken”
Now the world star is facing the ruins of his existence, as his lawyer Jonathan Laidlaw described in emotionally charged closing words. “He’s almost gone,” Laidlaw said. Becker will no longer find work and is dependent on the support of others. “The Becker brand is in tatters,” Laidlaw emphasizes. The procedure is already the greatest possible public humiliation.
The triple Wimbledon winner had amassed around $ 25 million in prize money over the course of his career and earned, according to his own estimates, around the same amount on advertising. However, he ran into financial problems. In court, Becker blamed the expensive divorce from ex-wife Barbara and high maintenance costs for daughter Anna Ermakowa.
Becker comments on tennis tournaments for the BBC and is very popular among the British. His partner Lilian De Carvalho Monteiro accompanied him to court every day, most recently his eldest son Noah was also by his side. The two were also there on Friday.
The chairman of the German Tennis Federation (DTB), Dietloff von Arnim, had confirmed his loyalty to Becker before the verdict was handed down. Arnim said on Friday on the sidelines of the clay court tournament in Munich that he had “undeniably had outstanding success” for German tennis. “We stand there, I would say, loyal to our tennis icon.”