Becker lands a job teaching sports science in prison; resentment grows among inmates: report

LONDON: German tennis legend and three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has reportedly landed a job in prison teaching sports science, but fellow inmates are speaking out against authorities for giving 54-year-old ‘preferential treatment’ who is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for concealing £2.5million in assets and loans to avoid paying debts.

Although Becker continues to deny breaching UK insolvency laws after he was declared bankrupt in 2017, holding nearly £50m, he was found guilty on four counts by a jury under insolvency law and sent to prison.

A report in The Sun said Becker had the “part-time role of classroom assistant, teaching PE theory and the benefits of exercise to other prisoners”, but the move didn’t go through. welcomed by other detainees who accuse the authorities of favoritism.

The report adds that some of the inmates’ families have complained to the governor about Becker, who is housed at HMP Huntercombe Category C in Oxfordshire.

An insider was quoted as saying in the report that you have to serve years to get a job as a classroom assistant, which Becker got in just a few weeks.

“You would normally have to serve years before you get a class assistant job because it’s considered a privilege. But Becker got the job a few weeks after being sentenced. There’s a lot of resentment about it and families of some prisoners have written complaint letters,” the insider said.

“It is wrong to suggest that preferential treatment has been given. Offenders can access a variety of work and education opportunities while incarcerated,” a prison service spokesperson was quoted in the report as saying.

The report adds that Becker could be repatriated to Germany by November under the UK’s early withdrawal scheme.

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