Trigger Warning: This story contains details of murder and abuse that may be disturbing to readers.
Emile Cilliers, an Army sergeant tried to kill his wife after he tried to disguise his murder attempt as a skydiving “accident” in 2018. According to Mirror, the vile man sabotaged her parachute in a bid to kill her. His plan was to kill her, pocket her hefty insurance money and live a lavish life with someone else. What's shocking is that this is not the first time Cilliers has tried to kill his wife, Victoria.
The first time, he tried to kill her in a gas blast by ruining a valve at their home in Amesbury, Wilts – while Victoria, their young daughter, and baby son slept. Unfortunately, his plan fell through and the three of them made it.
Army sergeant Emile Cilliers guilty of trying to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute https://t.co/OdTAyBSJZo— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) May 24, 2018
Then, he tampered with her parachute and reverse chute when the two of them went skydiving. While it did malfunction, the woman amazingly survived a 4,000ft fall thanks to her slight build and the softness of the newly-plowed field that broke the impact. However, she was severely injured as she broke almost all her ribs and her pelvis. Her right lung collapsed as well.
Then, in May 2018, Cilliers was convicted of two counts of attempted murder and one of endangering his kids’ lives following a retrial at Winchester crown court. Jailing him for a minimum of 18 years, Justice Sweeney said he was a “danger to the public”, adding: “This was wicked offending of extreme gravity. You have shown yourself to be a person of quite exceptional callousness who will stop at nothing to satisfy his own desires, material or otherwise.”
He was in debt and wanted her life insurance money. Wasn't fussed if the kids got blown up by the gas tampering either. Vile excuse for a man.— Daisy Chain (@DaisyChain8008) May 24, 2018
However, Cilliers believes that even if he is jailed, he will be out in five years. In a letter from HMP Full Sutton, East Yorks, he wrote: “I am appealing both my sentence and conviction.If we get what we hope for I will be in open prison in 2026 and out in 2028. We are very confident.”
The 40-year-old also added: “I want to build a life with someone I can trust, someone who trusts in me, someone who I can love, someone who loves me, and I mean in all respects, truly love and trust, unconditionally.”
However, the catch here is that he has refused to grant a divorce to his wife, Victoria, an ex-Army captain and physio. The 44-year-old woman, who has since found herself a new partner, says even after attempting to kill her twice, he tried to mend things and continue with their marriage. “I am still married to him. I still have his name. I feel shackled to him.”
Eish our sister's are not 100% safe in the hands of these monsters so called Husband .....I think we should start behaving like Arabs marrying Cousins sister's just to keep the wealth within a family nd safety I guess for our beloved ones ..😭— EDDIE S (@eddiecoxn) May 25, 2018