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Wife of man convicted of tampering with her parachute says he's not capable of murder

Victoria Cilliers and her husband Emile who was convicted of her attempted murder Photo:

A woman from Amesbury whose husband was convicted of trying to kill her by tampering with her parachute says she does not believe he is capable of murder.

Victoria Cilliers suffered near fatal injuries when both her main and reserve shoots failed. Army Sergeant Emile Cilliers was also found guilty of trying to cause a gas explosion.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror, she said "He'd been unfaithful, he'd had issues with money, but that is not attempted murder."

Emile Cilliers Credit: PA

She added “People said to me in the past, ‘if he’s found guilty are you going to agree or assent to the fact that he’s guilty?’ I’m still stuck in the middle. I don’t think anyone knows what happened apart from him.”

The 38 year old army sergeant was convicted two counts of attempted murder at Winchester Crown Court on Thursday 24th May and is still awaiting a sentence.

After the jury had delivered their verdict, the judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, told the jury: "The burden now falls on me on what to do as far as this defendant is concerned, that too is a heavy burden."