Soldier Accused Of Removing Parts To Wife's Parachute To Be With Tinder GF

Authorities also claim he wanted to cash out a life insurance payout.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

An Army sergeant in the United Kingdom is accused of trying to kill his wife in a dramatic parachute incident. According to BBC37-year-old Emilie Cilliers is accused of two counts of attempted murder of his former wife Victoria. She survived the jump on April 5, 2015 but endured multiple injuries. 

Authorities assert that Cilliers wanted to leave his wife for a woman he met on Tinder. They also claim he wanted to cash out a life insurance payout of £120,000 for her death, to cover his own debts of £22,000.

The incident occurred when the wife, who is an experienced parachutist and instructor, jumped out of the plane some  above Netheravon Airfield. She realized that "both her main parachute and her reserve parachute failed."

The prosecutor shared, "Those at the scene immediately realised that something was seriously wrong with her reserve parachute, two vital pieces of equipment which fasten the parachute harness were missing." Victoria survived, much to the shock of witnesses. "Those attending at the scene expected to find her dead, although she was badly injured, almost miraculously she survived the fall.

Aside from tampering with the parachute, prosecution claims that Cilliers tried to kill previously. They allege he

deliberately caused a gas leak in their home while he was away at the Army barracks.

Cilliers, who is a member of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, has denied all charges.

[Photo: Family photo, Facebook]





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