Murder by parachute: Wife refuses to believe husband tried to kill her

Cheating SA-born army man tried to kill his wife twice, but she insists he isn't guilty

28 May 2018 - 06:10 By the daily telegraph
Emile Cilliers was found guilty of trying to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute.
Emile Cilliers was found guilty of trying to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute.
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A mother who cheated death when her South African-born army sergeant husband sabotaged her parachute has not told their children he could face life in jail for attempted murder.

Victoria Cilliers said she has told her two young children that their father Emile Cilliers “has done a bad thing”, but not that he tried to kill her twice.

She told the Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror in the UK that she does not believe he is guilty.

“My family, friends, everyone seems to think they know more than I do,” she said. “They see different evidence to me.”

She said her children “need a happy, well-adjusted life”, and added: “I want boring and normal for us now, for them to grow up untainted.

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