South African guilty of parachute murder attempt

A South African-born army sergeant has been found guilty of trying to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute.

Victoria Cilliers, 41, survived the 4,000ft (1,220m) fall at Netheravon airfield in Wiltshire, England, in April 2015.

Emile Cilliers, 38, of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, was also found guilty of trying to kill his wife by causing a gas leak at the family home in Amesbury at the end of March 2015.

He had denied two counts of attempted murder at Winchester Crown Court.

The jury also convicted him of a third count of damaging a gas fitting recklessly endangering life.

The court had earlier blocked an attempt by Cilliers to spend a month in Cape Town, where his elderly parents live.


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