Emile Cilliers jailed for life for attempting to murder wife so he could claim on insurance

An army sergeant has been given a life sentence with a minimum term of 18 years after being found guilty of trying to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute before a skydive so he could begin a life with a secret lover and use a life insurance payout to clear his debts.

Emile Cilliers, 38, arranged the jump for his wife, Victoria, soon after the birth of their second child, but he removed vital components from her parachute, causing her to fall 4,000ft (1,200 metres). Victoria, a physiotherapist, survived after landing in a soft, ploughed field but was seriously injured.

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