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Sgt who tried to kill wife in skydive ‘accident’ makes sick appeal for new lover

An Army sergeant who tried to kill his wife in a skydive “accident” boasts he could be free in five years – and is seeking love.

Emile Cilliers got life for attempted murder in 2018 after sabotaging her parachute.

But the shameless sex addict claims he is looking for a woman who can TRUST him.

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.”

Cilliers, 40, 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.”

Army sergeant Emile Cilliers pictured at Winchester Crown Court after being charged with attempted murder
Cilliers wanted to run off with a new lover

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Cilliers, who has shown no remorse for his crimes, planned to kill wife Victoria, pocket her £120,000 life insurance policy and run off with his new lover.

First he tried to kill her in a gas blast by sabotaging a valve at their home in Amesbury, Wilts – while Victoria, their young daughter and baby son slept.

When that failed the PT instructor tampered with her parachute and the reserve chute when they went skydiving.

Amazingly Victoria survived a 4,000ft fall thanks to her slight build and the softness of the newly-ploughed field that broke the impact.

Victoria Cilliers leaves Winchester Crown Court after giving evidence in the trial of husband Emile Cilliers who was charged with her attempted murder
Amazingly, Victoria survived the 4,000ft fall thanks to newly-ploughed field that broke the impact

She fractured almost all her ribs, broke her pelvis and her right lung collapsed.

In May 2018, a jury convicted Cilliers 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 18 years, Mr Justice Sweeney said he was a “danger to the public”, adding: “This was wicked offending of extreme gravity.

Photo issued by Wiltshire Police of general images detailing the different parts of a parachute used in attempted murder case of Victoria Cilliers
Photo issued by police detailing the different parts of a parachute

“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.”

Last year ex-Army captain and physio Victoria, 44, told how Cilliers had denied her a divorce and had even tried to weasel his way back into her affections.

Victoria, who had found a new partner, said of Cilliers: “I am still married to him. I still have his name. I feel shackled to him.”



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