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    The jury were shown two videos of two people tampering with parachutes.

    In one video, it took two minutes and 25 seconds for the reserve parachute to be made 'lethal' by removing a slink and detaching another.


    And it took a total of five minutes and 15 seconds to tamper with both the reserve and main parachute, with a line on the main pulled around the bag - which contains the parachute - before closing it up.


    A second video showed a reserve and main parachute tampered with in four minutes and five seconds.


    Commenting on the videos, Mr Bayada said: 'Both those in the videos are closed up looking like every other rig [which a skydiver carries on their back carrying both parachutes] does on the flight plan.'



    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz4uf9rcXUt

    This is from the page you linked above LB.

    I wonder if they have cctv showing how long he was in the toilets, or if it is witness evidence. Incredibly lucky for the prosecution that they know this detail at all. He didn't seem to be too clever disguising any of his moves.

    Taking it in the toilet, placing it in the locker.. I'm expecting some tall tales, but probably not quite as tall as Ian Stewart's.

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    Nothing about the witness evidence today (yet), just a bit of jury trouble

    The judge in the trial of an Army sergeant accused of attempting to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute has criticised a member of court staff for telling jurors “in France he would be guilty until proven innocent”.
    The high-profile case against Emile Cilliers, of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, at Winchester Crown Court was delayed for several hours while the High Court judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, and lawyers discussed the impact of the conversation held between jurors and the “new and untrained” member of court staff.
    Mr Justice Sweeney told the jurors that one of them had produced a note describing the incident which happened within the jury’s private room on Thursday.


    Read more at https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/...6bwsGMglhGz.99

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    Following the resumption of the trial, Mark Bayada, who has been chief instructor of the Army Parachute Association at Netheravon since 2013, continued giving evidence for a second day and told the court that during busy weekends, used parachutes could be left out overnight unpacked.


    And he said it was "possible" that club members might keep their "un-jumped" parachutes out of the kit store overnight in order to be able to more efficiently jump the following day.

    He previously told the court that he could not think of a reason why a piece of kit would be kept out of the store.


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...t-staff-trial/

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    I read in the online blog of a trial watcher (I haven't linked it because I'm not sure about the rules on linking non-MSM reports) that EC took their daughter to the toilet with the parachute and a tool kit.

    I'm not sure how old the daughter was in 2015. They were married in 2011 and so I'm presuming she was born after that and so was probably around 3 years old. If Vicky had died on that Easter Saturday their daughter would probably have been watching with her dad.

    Everything about these crimes points to an unbelievable degree of callousness with regard to his whole family, not just his wife.

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    In a statement by Mr Bayada read out in court, he said: "I would describe Emile as very quiet throughout, slightly bewildered and perhaps in shock.
    "He seemed very matter of fact with what happened and very unemotional."


    Miss Marsh QC, asked Mr Bayada: "If twists had been kicked out, one would expect to release the brake to control the canopy.
    "Had that not been done but the twists kicked out, it suggests no effort to regain control."

    Mr Bayada said: "In my mind, it is most likely that there is another problem stopping the releasing of the brakes.
    "To me no effort means not bothering but for me, it [not using the brakes] suggests there is a reason they [the parachutist] did not take control but not that it was due to no effort."

    He added: "It would suggest she could not kick out or solve the problem and, rather than waste time, she carried out a malfunction drill which we would expect."


    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/464539...tal-equipment/

    Unbelievable! Defence trying to blame Victoria for making no effort. That makes me angry.

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    For some reason law pages is saying the case has been adjourned to 15:45. That seems rather late, unless they are perhaps getting in a witness by videolink from USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tortoise View Post
    For some reason law pages is saying the case has been adjourned to 15:45. That seems rather late, unless they are perhaps getting in a witness by videolink from USA.
    Looks like a field trip.
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    The jury in the trial of an Army sergeant accused of attempting to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute have visited the airfield where she survived her 'near fatal' fall.

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    The jury were first taken inside the hangar where the parachute kit used by Mrs Cilliers was hired on April 4 2015.

    They were shown the kit store and mats where the parachutes are packed ready to be used during the jumps as well as a wall of photos depicting different types of parachute malfunctions.

    The jurors were then taken to a set of toilets where the prosecution allege the defendant took the parachute to tamper with it before storing it in a locker overnight after poor weather prevented her jumping on the Saturday.

    They were also shown a packed Safire 149 parachute, similar to that used by Mrs Cilliers and were given a chance to pick it up to feel its weight as well as take it into the toilets with them.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz4v79xyo35
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    I wonder if Victoria Cilliers will be giving evidence. It was her locker and unless he had a key presumably he must have communicated something to her about storing the parachute there overnight, otherwise the defence could claim it was her decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Legally Bland View Post
    The court has already heard that when Mrs Cilliers was unable to jump on the Easter Saturday due to bad weather, the defendant arranged to keep her hire parachute in her locker overnight.

    http://news.sky.com/story/attempted-...hears-11068165
    BBM That's the bit they need to prove.

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    When asked if he felt the sabotage could have taken place within a toilet cubicle with the parachute hung on the coat hook on the rear of the door, airfield boss Mark Bayada replied: 'I do not think so.'

    Mr Bayada, the Army Parachute Association's (APA) chief instructor at Netheravon airfield, said that he did not know how knots occurred in Mrs Cilliers' reserve parachute lines but added they could have happened as a result of the slinks being removed.

    'To have the knots created deliberately above the sliders when the parachute is packed, that would need you to open the reserve container, undo the lines, pull them through the slider and restart it.

    'You wouldn't need to unfold the material but you would need to deploy all the lines; quite a lengthy process.'
    He added: 'One, the hook is very weak, it's a soft metal hook, I'm not sure if it would take the weight of the equipment, the other one is the weight of the kit itself, it's very difficult to work on a set of kit.'



    Alan Westley, who has been the chief rigger for the APA since September 2013, told the court that reserve parachutes are required to be checked and re-packed every six months and he kept a spreadsheet to organise when each parachute was due to be checked.

    Mr Westley, who joined the Army Air Corps in 1998, said that of the 500 reserve parachutes he had checked before May 2015 which had slinks, he had never found one with a missing slink or with a slink undone or not properly done up.

    Mr Westley said that Cilliers had completed a four-day reserve packing course and he had previously supervised the defendant packing his wife's own personal reserve parachute.

    The court heard that the
    Safire 149 parachute used by Mrs Cilliers was last used on March 25 2015


    The reserve, which was bought as a new rig in July 2007, was last inspected by Mr Westley on February 4 2015.
    He confirmed that he checked all four risers of the reserve parachute for slinks on that inspection and said that all of the slinks were in a 'fully serviceable' condition.



    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz4vDjV0qXd



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    Mr Westley said: 'We all went out at the end of the day to find the slinks. We did not find them.

    'We all looked in the north field, which is the area between where the drop happened and where Vicky landed.'

    Mr Westley was in the plane with Mrs Cilliers before her jump on April 5, 2015, but would have been the first to jump out of the plane as his parachute is smaller and faster.


    He said: 'I do not recall her being nervous before the jump.


    'When I heard the emergency Tannoy [which sounded after Mrs Cilliers was seen spinning to the ground] I was inside the hangar.'


    The court heard Mr Westley got into a car and drove to where Mrs Cilliers had fallen.

    When he arrived Mrs Cilliers was being cared for by others who were medically trained.



    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz4vJGiVszs


    Not much news for a whole court day!

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    According to lawpages there were six witnesses giving evidence today.

    Mr Westley, who was witness no. 2, finished giving evidence before lunch.

    Then they had;

    Witness no.3 40 mins
    Witness no.4 14 mins
    Witness no.5 21 mins
    Witness no.6 10 mins
    Witness no.7 15 mins

    Court sat until 7 minutes past 5pm.

    So much for the reporting. Probably not juicy enough.

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    Three more witnesses today, no.s 8, 9 and 10.

    The news is reporting on two of them.

    William "Rusty" Vest, customer service manager for Performance Designs (PD) Incorporated in Florida, USA, the company which produces the slinks used by the APA said thorough testing was carried out on the product and "the slinks never failed".

    He said via video link: "We have a thorough quality control process in place. They have a very high breaking strength."


    He added that if a slink had broken it would cause friction burns to the lines of the parachute.


    He said: "From my experience and research, I would say if a PD slink had broken during a parachute deployment, then all tests and history state there would be associated line and riser damage as well."


    He said he had seen photographs of Mrs Cilliers' reserve parachute, which had never been deployed before, and he had not seen any damage.

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    Shahad Khawaja, who last packed the main parachute used by Mrs Cilliers on her near-fatal fall, told the court by video link from Abu Dhabi, UAE, that twists in a parachute line could be caused by a packing error, a problem with jumping or high winds.

    [..]

    She said that she did not believe she would have made a packing error to cause a twist as she ensured it would be neat before packing and use a technique to avoid twists.

    http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/ne...d_before__39_/

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    Third witness yesterday;

    George Panogopoulos, a chief rigger at the APA, said Cilliers was a qualified and "experienced" packer of main parachutes and added: "He is a very good, confident packer of main canopies. He became good and pretty quick and efficient."
    He said the defendant had attended an advanced reserve packing course in October 2012.
    The trial was adjourned until Monday.

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk...ssing-11337980

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    Looking ahead to sentencing, I'm thinking 30 years minimum, with expectation of financial gain.

    https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk...ccessible1.pdf

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