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Ex-Army sergeant jailed for attempted murder of wife with sabotaged parachute

Emile Cilliers has since been sacked from the Royal Army Physical Training Corps.

Ex-Army sergeant Emile Cilliers has been jailed for at least 18 years for attempting to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute and sabotaging a gas valve at their home.

Cilliers, who has since been sacked from the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, was convicted by a jury of two attempted murder charges and a third count of damaging the gas fitting recklessly endangering life following a retrial at Winchester Crown Court.

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Victoria Cilliers suffered near-fatal injuries (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Victoria 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 at Netheravon, Wiltshire, on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.

On Friday at the same court he was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 18 years.

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