Boris Becker showed up at Southwark Court with his fiancée Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro and wearing the Wimbledon champion tie. The former world number one had been accused of bankruptcy by the London court, the Bankruptcy Court, due to a heavy debt (about 6 million euros, ed.) That he was no longer able to pay.
The case involved a debt contracted by Becker years ago to the private bank Arbuthnot Latham & Co and other lenders. Attempts to pay off the debt by mortgaging various real estate properties, in particular one in Mallorca, proved useless.
Becker was unable to pay the repayment plan installments to the lenders, who obviously decided to sue him. The trial against Boris Becker began on 21 March; a trial that definitively sentenced him to two and a half years in prison.
Becker actually faced up to seven years in prison. The Southwark judge has in fact decided to inflict 30 months in prison on Becker. The German will serve half the sentence in prison and the remaining period of detention under a semi-release regime.
"It is noteworthy that she did not admit his guilt and did not even show remorse," explained judge Deborah Taylor during the sentence. "There was a total lack of humility on her part." In all, there are four, out of 24 total, the charges related to the affair for which he was convicted.
Becker, who has always pleaded innocent, had entrusted his reaction to the allegations to his Twitter account for the past few years. “Innocent until proven otherwise! I deny the charges against me and will defend myself by all legal means," commented Boris Becker.
"I believe in the UK legal system and its agents. My team of lawyers will prove my innocence." The German has not yet commented on the final decision made by the Southwark Court judges and could start serving his sentence as early as this evening.