Posted on May 25, 2018
Victoria Cilliers, 41, survived the 4,000ft (1,220m) fall at Netheravon airfield in Wiltshire in April 2015. Emile Cilliers was plagued with debt and needed his wife’s life insurance money to start a new life with his lover, Winchester Crown Court heard. He was also convicted of trying to kill his wife by causing a gas leak at the family home. The 38-year-old had denied two counts of attempted murder. Mrs 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. The trial heard that Cilliers, of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps and an experienced parachute packer, tampered with equipment he knew his wife was going to use.