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Sergeant who tried to kill his wife by tampering with parachute is jailed for life


British Army sergeant Emile Cilliers tried to murder his wife Victoria. (Picture: Enterprise)

An Army sergeant has been jailed for life for attempting to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute and sabotaging a gas valve at their home, Metro reported.

Emile Cilliers, of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, was described as ‘a very dangerous, coercive and manipulative man’ following the attack on his wife.

Victoria Cilliers, a highly-experienced parachuting instructor, suffered near-fatal injuries when both her main and reserve parachutes failed when she took part in a jump at the Army Parachute Association at Netheravon, Wiltshire, on Easter Sunday, April 5 2015.

Her husband had tangled her main canopy and removed vital links from the reserve parachute, sending her plummeting.

She ‘miraculously’ survived the 4,000ft fall to the ground but suffered spinal injuries and broke her leg, collarbone and ribs.

She recalled during the trial: ‘I jumped out of the aircraft and pulled my parachute and there were issues as soon as it deployed.

‘I did not really understand what was happening, I decided to cut away [to the reserve]… Straight away as the reserve deployed I could feel something was not right, I was spinning, spinning really fast.

‘I got the twists out but the G-force was incredible. I know when I hit the ground there was a metallic bang. Then everything went black.’

He added: ‘Your offending was extremely serious with your two attempts to murder your wife.

They were planned and carried out in cold blood for your own selfish purposes which include financial gain.’

Describing the impact on Mrs Cilliers, the judge continued: ‘That your wife recovered at all was miraculous, she undoubtedly suffered severe physical harm and she must have suffered psychological harm in the terror of the fall and since.

‘She appears to have recovered from the physical harm but not, having seen her in the witness box at length, from the psychological harm.’

The sergeant, who had dreams of joining the SAS when he signed up for the Army, was kicked out of the military within a week of being convicted.

Army Sergeant Emile Cilliers tampered with the parachute. (Picture: PA)

The trial heard that South African-born Cilliers, who moved to the UK in 2000, was a very ‘sexually active’ man, who was having an affair with Austrian Stefanie Goller, who he met on Tinder, and was meeting his ex-wife Carly for sex.

He was also a member of a sex club and had admitted having unprotected sex with a prostitute.

He had racked up £22,000 worth of debt. Mrs Cilliers attended the sentencing today, sitting in seats usually reserved for the jury and flanked by a friend and her father.

She has said she does not believe he tried to kill her, adding: ‘He was my husband.

Yes, things might have been breaking down. ‘He’d been unfaithful, he’d had issues with money, but that is not attempted murder.’

Speaking after the case, Detective Inspector Paul Franklin, of Wiltshire Police, said: ‘The real danger with Emile Cilliers is he is cold, calculated, deliberate and there was absolutely no consideration of his wife or anyone else, he serves his own needs and that makes him a very dangerous man.’

Culled from Metro

My view: This man is beyond evil.