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Boris Becker jailed over bankruptcy charges

Boris Becker has been jailed.

Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been jailed, after being found guilty on bankruptcy charges in England on Friday afternoon.

The six-time Grand Slam champion denied breaking insolvency rules in the UK, as he owed creditors a combined total of £50 million.

Becker, however, was found guilty on four counts under the Insolvency Act but was cleared on 20 counts. As a result, he has been handed down a jail term of two and a half years.

Boris Becker.

Judge Deborah Taylor sentenced the three-time Wimbledon winner at Southwark Crown Court on Friday.

Prior to his sentencing, Becker’s barrister, Jonathan Laidlaw QC explained how Becker’s fall from grace has been dramatic, and ‘humiliating’.

“His fall is not simply a fall from grace but amounts to the most public humiliation for this man,” he said. “The degree of his suffering, and it will continue, is punishment that no other bankrupt in this country is likely to ever experience.

“These proceedings have destroyed his career entirely and ruined any further prospect of earning an income. His reputation is in tatters.

“He will not be able to find work and will have to rely on the charity of others if he is to survive.”

Becker was jailed for hiding £2.5 million worth of assets and loans to avoid paying his debts owed.

He was declared bankrupt in 2017, as he owed creditors almost £50 million, over an unpaid loan of more than £3 million on his estate in Spain.

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