The harsh reality of prison hits Boris Becker

Tennis legend Boris Becker’s prison time has begun roughly, and the six-time Grand Slam champion is ‘shocked’ by the alleged lack of hygiene and food quality at Wandsworth Prison. Becker is spending time in jail after being convicted of hiding property during bankruptcy proceedings that began in 2017.

The former world number 1 was found guilty of four counts of the Insolvency Act – confiscation of property, two counts of non-disclosure of assets and concealment of debt. He was sent to prison for two and a half years, but will likely spend 15 months in prison and then serve the rest of his sentence under license.

Hard time in prison

The beginning of the German prison sentence was not good. Becker is said to have a hard time dealing with prison congestion, as well as the quality and quantity of food. Becker, known for his love of Cuban cigars, fine wines and restaurants, now has £ 10 a week in jail.

“It’s hard for him, and the worst thing is food. He can’t believe how bad it is and how small the portions are. One of his first meals was beef, which was not good. But he will have to get used to it. He is also shocked by the lack of hygiene in the prison because it is so crowded, “said someone close to Becker, reports The Sun. The article also states that he could not sleep due to the ‘constant noise’ and the stench of Wandsworth Prison.
Becker should stay in his own cell – a six-square-foot room where he stays from 8 to 7 p.m. He was not required to share a cell and will likely be moved to a ‘softer’ prison in a few weeks.

The beginning of the German prison sentence was not good. Becker is said to have a hard time dealing with prison congestion, as well as the quality and quantity of food. (File)

Family in agony

Becker’s wife from his second marriage spoke about how hard the prison legend fell on his family, especially his youngest son. In an interview with British TV personality Piers Morgan, Lilly Becker said the lawsuit was withheld from his 12-year-old son Amadeus, but that details are now being revealed to the child.

“I had no chance but to break my or his heart last Sunday and I don’t want that for anyone. That was the hardest thing I had to do with a 12-year-old. He just couldn’t figure it out. She still can’t, ”Lilly told Piers Morgan uncensored on TalkTV. She added: “I just told a 12-year-old that his father is in prison and the saddest thing was that I couldn’t explain it because those kids are now going to YouTube and the internet. The Internet is cruel. ”

Becker’s troubles could worsen after the British Home Office confirmed that there was a possibility that the German, who is believed not to have taken British citizenship, would be deported. (File)

Asked what her reaction was to the judge’s sentence of two and a half years in prison, Lilly said she broke down after hearing the news and expected the verdict to be milder towards Becker.

Deportation is looming

Becker’s troubles could worsen after the British Home Office confirmed that there was a possibility that the German, who is believed not to have taken British citizenship, would be deported.

When Britain left the European Union, they introduced stricter immigration laws. Becker could therefore be tried under the United Kingdom Borders Act 2007 or an updated version of it, launched on 31 December 2020.

If the Home Office believes that Becker’s criminal behavior continued after 31 December 2020 (the date when the Brexit agreements between the European Union and the UK entered into force), they have the right to expel him from the country immediately. This is because his sentence is longer than 12 months, and the new law gives the Interior Ministry the right to deport a foreign national based on how long he has spent in prison.

Here the current law is stricter than the previous version of British immigration law. British political optics mean that every opportunity for the ruling government to show a strong anti-immigrant stance is taken with open arms. The cost of the lawsuit could also rise to £ 30,000, according to experts.

Former tennis player Boris Becker with Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro as they arrive at Southwark Crown Court for sentencing in London, Friday, April 29, 2022. Becker was previously found guilty of evading his obligation to disclose financial information to pay off his debts. (AP Photo / Alastair Grant)

“He (Becker) might have tried to resist deportation on human rights grounds, but we have seen young blacks living in the UK much longer than Becker, sometimes from an early age, deported to lower sentences than Becker received.” said Colin Yeo, an immigration lawyer, for The Guardian.

Otherwise, Becker could benefit from the protection of the withdrawal agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom. The agreement would not prevent him from being deported by the Interior Ministry, but his legal chances of remaining in the country would be higher as he would be tried under a previous law and his chances of deportation based on a prison sentence are lower.

A documentary on the road

For the past three years, camera crews have been following Becker and his long-running case. The German has given interviews to the team and there will soon be a war of competition between the streaming giants for access to documentary rights.

The film is set to be directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, who won the 2007 Taxi to the Dark Side documentary for a true crime documentary. According to The Independent, cameras have been tracking Becker since 2019, when the scale of Germany’s financial problems came to light, all the way to a court ruling sentencing Becker to prison.

Speaking about why a documentary would be a significant work, Gibney said: “It’s both an honest look at the world of professional tennis, but also a shocking portrait of the man himself.”

“Like Rudyard Kipling’s quote at the entrance to Wimbledon’s central court, Boris is an individual who seems to ‘face triumph and catastrophe and treat the two fraudsters equally.'”

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