Former tennis player Becker has been jailed in the UK

  • A former tennis player has been arrested in London
  • Becker Trial on Bankruptcy Case
  • The judge stated that he had not shown humility
  • Becker’s reputation has been ‘ruined’, his lawyer says

LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – Germany’s top tennis player Boris Becker was jailed for two years and months by a London court on Friday for allegedly hiding thousands of pounds after six years of failure.

Becker was found guilty earlier this month on four counts under the British Insolvency Act, including failure to disclose, conceal and dispose of essential property after a debt repayment case.

A 54-year-old Grand Slam man has been found guilty of embezzling funds from his ex-wife Barbara and his wife Sharlely after a financial loss in 2017.

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“It’s amazing that you didn’t show remorse or admit your guilt,” Judge Deborah Taylor told her during a sentencing hearing at Southwark Crown Court in London.

“While I accept the embarrassment you have felt as a result of these cases, you have not shown humility.”

He further added that Becker has given half of his sentence to prison and the remainder is licensed. Becker, whose friend Lillian and her son Noah were in court, looked ahead and did not show any remorse when the verdict was handed down.

He had previously been charged with tax evasion in Germany in 2002 and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The case heard a lot about Becker’s career and how the first man in the world, who won the Wimbledon tournament three times, lost his fortune when he retired.

The court heard how he claimed he did not know where his other trophies were, how he took a high-interest loan from one of Britain’s wealthiest people, and tried to avoid repaying the debt, claiming that he had diplomatic protection in the Central African Republic.

Becker’s lawyer, Jonathan Laidlaw, told the court that the tennis player had been “left with nothing to show for the best-selling games” and that his case was “very sad” when he asked for forgiveness.

When Becker made his final appearance at Wimbledon in 1985 at the age of 17, he was the last and only unelected player to take the name of only men. He also won two Wimbledon titles.

Becker wore a purple and green tie at the Wimbledon competition when he appeared in court Friday.

Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley denounced the secretive “playing with bad faith” system for money laundering and extortion, and seized the debtors who paid more than 2 pounds ($ 2.51 million) in finance, of which nothing was returned.

“When it was appropriate for her, she disclosed everything, when it was not, she did not,” he said as he urged the judge to issue a child custody order.

A former professional tennis player suffered a bankruptcy at Arbuthnot Latham & Co’s secretive bank, and according to bankruptcy law, he was required to provide full property information.

He was charged with failing to advertise a property in Germany, hiding a loan from a bank of 825,000 ($ 870,127) and shares in a Canadian professional company.

He denied all the allegations, saying he agreed with his refunds – even giving away his wedding ring – and relied on his advisers.

Becker was acquitted in 20 other counts, including charges of failing to deliver, including two Wimbledon trophies and an Olympic gold medal.

“His reputation, which is the most important part of the nation, which gives him a job, is in crisis,” Laidlaw said. “His fall is not only a fall from grace but also a disgrace to many.”

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Reports by Andrew MacAskill; Edited by Jon Boyle and Nick Macfie

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