Boris Becker news: Jury told to ‘forget his celebrity status’ in trial

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Former world No 1, Boris Becker, is standing trial today at Southwark Crown Court for a three week case after he was accused of not complying with obligations to disclose information to settle his debts when he was declared bankrupt in 2017.

The jury in the case has been told to forget the celebrity status of the six time Grand Slam champion as proceedings get underway in the trial.

Allegedly Becker concealed around £1.3 million and three properties including a flat in Chelsea, London and he is facing 24 offences under the Insolvency Act.

The 54-year-old tennis personality has been accused of transferring money to his former wife Barbara Becker and his estranged wife Sharlely ‘Lilly’ Becker in order to hide it.

As well as this, the German has been accused of failing to hand over his Wimbledon trophies, Australian Open trophies and Olympic gold medal from 1992.

Earlier today the judge presiding over the trial, Judge Deborah Taylor reminded the 11 member jury to not let what they already know about Becker to influence them in their decisions and therefore prejudice the case.

“You must leave aside anything you have heard or any preconceptions about this case, including anything about this defendant, and start with a blank page,” she explained.

“You must ignore this defendant’s celebrity status and treat him in exactly the same way you would treat someone you have not heard of and is not in the public eye.”

A German translator is sharing the dock with Becker in order to assist him should he need it, but the judge addressed this too earlier today by saying that it wasn’t suggested three time Wimbledon champion “does not speak English” but that the translator will help with “technical vocabulary such as legal concepts.”

Becker was declared bankrupt on June 21, 2017 but the case still rumbles on five years later.