Date
16 January 2017
A British Army sergeant is suspected of foul play after his wife's parachute failed to open during a skyjump last month. Credit: telegraph.co.uk
A British Army sergeant is suspected of foul play after his wife's parachute failed to open during a skyjump last month. Credit: telegraph.co.uk

Sergeant a suspect after wife’s parachute fails to open

British authorities are said to have arrested an army sergeant on suspicion of attempted murder after his wife’s parachute failed to open during a skydiving attempt on Easter Sunday last month.

South Africa-born Emile Cilliers, an instructor with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, was questioned by police last week after his wife Victoria fell 4,000 feet over Wiltshire on April 5.

Emile was subsequently detained on suspicion that he may have sabotaged his wife’s parachute, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Victoria, who is 39, survived the fall but suffered multiple serious injuries in the accident.

Her main parachute failed to deploy, while her reserve chute only partially opened, enough to slow her descent.

The experienced parachutist “very nearly lost her life” in what should have been a routine jump, BBC cited a police officer as saying.

An investigation revealed that “slinks”, or soft links, used to connect the canopy to the parachute harness, were missing.

According to The Telegraph, Victoria has told her friends that Emile had moved out of the home they shared in Amesbury, Wiltshire, with their two children. 

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