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Boris Becker sentenced to two and a half years in jail over bankruptcy case

Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail aft...

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

16:29 29 Apr 2022



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Boris Becker sentenced to two and a half years in jail over bankruptcy case

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

16:29 29 Apr 2022

Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail after being found guilty in his bankruptcy case. 

The former world number one was found guilty in the case earlier this month after it was found he hid £2.5 million worth of assets and loans to avoid paying off his debts.

Becker was declared bankrupt in June 2017 and at the time owed creditors almost £50 million.

At the time he transferred almost £400,000 from his business account to others and also failed to declare assets of his.

The sentence took place on Friday at Southwark Crown Court in London and the 54-year-old six-time Grand Slam champion will serve half the sentence.

Becker was handed a two-year suspended sentence for tax evasion and attempted tax evasion worth €1.7 million in Germany in 2002.

Judge Deborah Taylor, who handed down the sentence on Friday, said Becker could have avoided this outcome.

"You did not heed the warning you were given and the chance you were given by the suspended sentence and that is a significant aggravating factor.

"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."

But she added: "You have not shown remorse, acceptance of your guilt and have sought to distance yourself from your offending and your bankruptcy.

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

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