Boris Becker “acted dishonestly” in not handing out trophies, the court said Tennis News – NewsGroove Uk


Boris Becker is on trial in Southwark Crown Court

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

The 54-year-old commentator went bankrupt in June 2017 after applying for a loan of around £ 3.5 million from private bank Arbuthnot Latham for a property in Mallorca, Spain, known as Finca, according to a jury.

Becker, a German national, is accused of hiding or not handing over assets before and after his bankruptcy and is on trial in Southwark Crown Court on 24 charges under the Insolvency Act related to the period May to October 2017 .

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

The former world number one is accused of hiding 1.13 million euros (about £ 950,000) from a sale at a Mercedes car dealership in Germany.

Becker 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 (about £ 700,000).

“It’s the accusation that Mr. Becker acted dishonestly with respect to a number of his assets, which he effectively hid or left at the disposal of those responsible for identifying them,” Ms. Chalkly said.

“The prosecution said Mr. Becker did so before and after the bankruptcy settlement date for failing to disclose, provide, deliver or withdraw assets or valuables.”

Becker made an incredible career winning Wimbledon at the age of 17 in 1985

Becker made an incredible career winning Wimbledon at the age of 17 in 1985

Becker, who has won 49 individual titles in 77 finals in his 16 years as a professional tennis player, arrived on Monday morning on the court at the hands of his teammate Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro.

He sat in the dock in a dark suit and white shirt, alongside a German translator who was assisting him during the trial.

Judge Deborah Taylor said Becker was not suggested not to “speak English”, but may need help with “technical vocabulary such as legal concepts”.

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The lawsuit was filed by the Insolvency Service on behalf of Trade Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.

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

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

“There is a coherent policy throughout the history of bankruptcy law, which goes back hundreds of years, that bankrupts who play with the system, act in bad faith, should be punished and that, ultimately, this That’s what prosecutors said here, Mr. Becker. , “she said.

Becker, who is on bail, denies all 24 charges, including nine for failing to present trophies and other awards, seven charges of concealment of property, five charges of non-disclosure of property, two charges of removal of property and one charge of concealment. . of debts. .

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

But he added: “The problems are reduced to everyday problems of dishonesty and knowledge. That is what we say is at the heart of this case.”

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

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