Boris Becker jailed for two and a half years

Boris Becker jailed for two and a half years for hiding assets during his bankruptcy case

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Boris Becker jailed for two and a half years for hiding assets during his bankruptcy case

Boris Becker has been jailed for two and a half years by a British court for charges relating to his bankruptcy.

The former Wimbledon champion was found guilty of four charges under the Insolvency Act, including failing to disclose, concealing and removing significant assets.

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The case centred on Becker’s bankruptcy in June 2017 resulting from an unpaid loan of more than £3m on his luxury estate in Mallorca, Spain.

On Friday, Becker, supported by partner Lilian de Carvalho arrived at London’s Southwark Crown Court wearing a grey suit, white shirt, and a striped tie in the Wimbledon colors of green and purple.

‘No remorse’

Judge Deborah Taylor, who handed down the sentence, said the former tennis player will serve half the sentence.

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“I take into account what has been described as your fall from grace. You have lost your career and reputation and all of your property as a result of your bankruptcy,” said the judge, according to PA.

“You have not shown remorse, acceptance of your guilt and have sought to distance yourself from your offending and your bankruptcy.

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“While I accept your humiliation as part of the proceedings, there has been no humility.”

Hid assets

Becker was declared bankrupt in June 2017, meaning he was legally obliged to disclose all his assets.

The German was found guilty of hiding £2.5m worth of assets and loans to avoid paying debts.

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Becker’s lawyer Jonathan Laidlaw told the court that the “proceedings have destroyed his career entirely and ruined any further prospect of earning an income.”

“His reputation is in tatters,” added Laidlaw. “He will not be able to find work and will have to rely on the charity of others if he is to survive.”

Becker won Wimbledon aged 17 in 1985 and went on to win five more Grand Slam titles over the next 11 years.

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