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US News Parachute retrial: Soldier 'cared nothing' for wife he 'tried to murder'

20:45  12 april  2018
20:45  12 april  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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Emile Cilliers faces two charges of attempted murder and a third of damaging a gas fitting to Mrs Cilliers, an experienced parachutist and parachute instructor, suffered serious injuries after jumping out He cared nothing for her and in truth cared only for himself. " He had decided to get rid of her

Parachute retrial : Soldier Emile Cilliers ' cared nothing ' for wife he ' tried to murder '. Cilliers also denies a second attempted murder charge relating to a gas leak at their family home a few days earlier, as well as a third charge of recklessly endangering life by damaging a gas valve.

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A soldier thought he would get an insurance payout for his wife's death when he allegedly tampered with her parachute, a court has heard.

Emile Cilliers, 38, of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, faces two charges of attempted murder and a third of damaging a gas fitting to recklessly endanger her life.

Winchester Crown Court has been told that he allegedly sabotaged his wife Victoria's main and reserve parachutes before a jump at the Army Parachute Association at Netheravon, Wiltshire, on 5 April, 2015.

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He said Cilliers, of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, had debts of £22,000 and he believed he would be set to receive a £120,000 insurance payout on his wife ’s death. Cilliers denies two counts of attempted murder . On the day of the jump – Sunday 5 April 2015 – the skies were cloudy and Victoria

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Mrs Cilliers, an experienced parachutist and parachute instructor, suffered serious injuries after jumping out of a plane at 4000ft with the defective parachute.

Her husband is also accused of tampering with a gas valve at the family's home in Amesbury, Wiltshire, a few days earlier, while he was staying elsewhere.

Cilliers denies the charges.

File photo dated 26/10/17 of Victoria Cilliers, who almost died after her main parachute failed to open in a 4,000ft jump at Netheravon Airfield on Salisbury Plain on April 5 2015 © PA File photo dated 26/10/17 of Victoria Cilliers, who almost died after her main parachute failed to open in a 4,000ft jump at Netheravon Airfield on Salisbury Plain on April 5 2015 Michael Bowes QC, prosecuting, told the court that Cilliers had been having an affair with a woman called Stefanie Goller, as well as a "sexual relationship" with his ex-wife Carly Cilliers and "contact with a number of prostitutes".

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Parachute retrial : Soldier Emile Cilliers ' cared nothing ' for wife he ' tried to murder '. We use cookies to give you the best experience. If you do nothing we'll assume that it's ok.

Emile Cilliers removed vital parts of parachute so he could pocket life insurance and start new life with secret lover. Emile Cilliers arranged the jump as a treat for his wife , Victoria, soon after the birth of their second child but 'Shocking betrayal': the soldier , the lover and the sabotaged parachute .

He had also been £22,000 in debt and thought the accidental death of his wife would get him a £120,000 insurance payout, Mr Bowes added.

The fall experienced by Mrs Cilliers was so severe that those who rushed to her aid "expected to find her dead", the court heard.

"Those at the scene immediately realised something was wrong with her reserve parachute, two vital pieces of equipment which fix the parachute to the parachutist's harness were missing and their absence meant her reserve parachute would inevitably fail and the parachutist would just spin to the ground," Mr Bowes said.

"(Cilliers) wanted to be rid of her and wanted to live his life on his own terms. He cared nothing for her and in truth cared only for himself.

File video: Emile Cilliers gives evidence at Winchester CC (Provided by ITN News)

"He had decided to get rid of her permanently."

Cilliers is on trial for a second time at Winchester Crown Court, after the jury in his first trial failed to reach a verdict.

Mr Justice Sweeney told the nine men and three women in the second jury that the failure of their predecessors to reach verdicts was "wholly irrelevant to your decisions".

The trial continues.

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