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The six-time Grand Slam champion is accused of hiding or failing to hand over assets before and after his bankruptcy; he is on trial at Southwark Crown Court and charged with 24 counts under the Insolvency Act relating to May-October 2017; the trial is expected to last up to three weeks

Last update: 03/21/22 8:22 p.m.

Boris Becker stands trial at Southwark Crown Court

Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker ‘acted dishonestly’ when he failed to hand over nine trophies and medals, including two Wimbledon titles, from his tennis career to pay his debts, a court has heard.

The 54-year-old commentator was declared bankrupt in June 2017 after borrowing around £3.5million from private bank Arbuthnot Latham for a property in Mallorca, Spain, known as Finca, a jury heard .

German national Becker is accused of hiding or failing to hand over assets before and after his bankruptcy and is on trial at Southwark Crown Court on 24 counts under the Insolvency Act relating to the period between May and October 2017.

Prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley said the assets included trophies such as the Wimbledon men’s singles title in 1985 and 1989, his Australian Open trophies from 1991 and 1996 and his Olympic gold medal in 1992.

The former world number 1 is accused of concealing 1.13 million euros (about £950,000) from a Mercedes car dealership sale he owned in Germany.

Becker then allegedly transferred the funds to other bank accounts, including those of ex-wife Barbara Becker and ex-wife Sharlely “Lilly” Becker.

He also allegedly failed to declare two German properties, as well as his interest in a flat in Chelsea, west London, and hid a bank loan of 825,000 euros (nearly £700,000).

“It is the accusation that Mr. Becker acted dishonestly with respect to a number of his assets, which he effectively concealed or made unavailable to those responsible for identifying the assets,” Ms. Chalkly.

“The prosecution said Mr. Becker did so before and after the date of his bankruptcy settlement by not disclosing, providing, delivering or removing assets or valuables. .”

Becker rode an incredible run to win Wimbledon aged 17 in 1985

Becker rode an incredible run to win Wimbledon aged 17 in 1985

Becker, who has won 49 singles titles from 77 finals in his 16 years as a professional tennis player, arrived on court Monday morning hand in hand with partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro.

He sat in the dock wearing a dark suit and white shirt, next to a German translator assisting him during the trial.

Judge Deborah Taylor said it was not suggested that Becker “does not speak English” but that he might need help with “technical vocabulary such as legal concepts”.

She told the 11 men and one woman who were sworn in to try Becker: “You have to ignore the celebrity of this defendant and treat him exactly the same way you would treat someone you haven’t heard of and which is not in the public eye.”

The suit is being brought by the Insolvency Service on behalf of Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.

Ms Chalkley said the “bankruptcy market” relies on bankrupts “to be honest and fully disclose their assets”.

She said there was a “strong public interest” in prosecuting those who break their promise.

“There is a consistent policy throughout the history of bankruptcy law, which goes back hundreds of years, that bankrupts who game the system, act in bad faith, should be punished and that, in short, that’s what the prosecution says Mr. Becker did here,” she said.

Becker, who is out on bail, denies all 24 counts, including nine counts of failure to present trophies and other awards, seven counts of concealment of property, five counts of non-disclosure of estate, two of withdrawal of property and one for concealment of debts. .

The prosecutor told jurors the case was about bankruptcy and their “hearts may have sunk” when they read the indictment.

But she added: “The issues boil down to day-to-day issues of dishonesty and knowledge. That’s what we say is at the heart of this case.”

The trial is continuing and is expected to last up to three weeks.




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