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  1. #16
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    Gosh, she’s been waiting a while for this, hasn’t she?

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    Uh oh. Something's afoot.

    Details:Trial (Part Heard) - Case Started - 10:00
    Trial (Part Heard) - Trial Ineffective - 10:26

    The trial will not be proceeding. An ineffective trial means that the trial cannot go ahead on this date but will be heard again at another time.

    http://www.thelawpages.com/court-hea...rown-Court.php

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    Reasons for ineffective trials 2016.

    Total number of ineffective trials Prosecution not ready Prosecution witness absent Defence not ready Defence witness absent Defendant absent/unfit to stand Prosecution availability Defence availability Court administration Interpreter availability
    5,650 698 884 666 87 1,444 156 293 1,392 30
    100.00% 12.35% 15.65% 11.79% 1.54% 25.56% 2.76% 5.19% 24.64% 0.53%

    https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...-mar-2017.xlsx

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    Eh?

    It's back on.

    Winchester 3 T20160267
    Emile Stolz Cilliers
    Details: Trial (Part Heard) - Case Started - 10:00
    Trial (Part Heard) - Trial Ineffective - 10:26
    Trial (Part Heard) - Prosecution Opening - 10:45
    Trial (Part Heard) - Legal Submissions - 11:35
    Trial (Part Heard) - Resume - 11:51
    Trial (Part Heard) - Prosecution Opening - 11:54
    Trial (Part Heard) - Case adjourned until 14:05 - 13:05


    http://www.thelawpages.com/court-hea...rown-Court.php

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    Rupert Evelyn‏ @rupertevelyn 3h3 hours ago
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    In court awaiting the opening of trial for army sergeant accused of killing wife - ITV News

    Jury sworn. 9 women and 3 men. Emile Cilliers denies two charges of attempting to murder his wife Victoria

    From jump at 4000 ft both Victoria’s main parachute and reserve parachute failed
    Those attending the scene expected to find her dead

    Pros “Almost miraculously she survived
    Those at the scene immediately realised something was wrong”

    Pros - 2 vital parts of parachute were missing
    “He had removed these.......intending that she be killed”

    Emile Cilliers was having an extramarital relationship at the time of the parachute fall. Emile repeatedly said he wanted to leave Victoria

    “He cared little for Victoria [his wife] and treated her with contempt” say prosecution

    He attempted to kill Victoria by a gas leak... then he suggested she’d like to go parachuting
    He had decided to get rid of her permanently

    Prosecution claim Emile Cilliers was having an extramarital affair and also continuing a sexual relationship with his ex wife

    Short break in court. Emile Cilliers denies all the charges he faces

    Pros on loosened gas fitting “Pliers had been used to turn the nut in one direction only and that was to undo the nut”

    Forensic examination found there was no indication the pliers had been used to tighten the nut.

    Rupert Evelyn‏ @rupertevelyn 1h1 hour ago
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    Emile Cilliers blood found on gas fitting
    “Is it because using considerable force to loosen the nut Emile Cilliers cut his hand?” Pros

    https://twitter.com/rupertevelyn

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    Michael Bowes QC, prosecuting, said that the murder bids came as Cilliers told his lover, who he met through the Tinder dating app, that he was leaving his wife, a physiotherapist for the Army.

    He said that the defendant had created a lie for his lover that he was leaving his wife, because he was not the father of one of his children, because his wife had been having an affair.


    He added that the defendant - who was also having a sexual relationship with his previous wife, Carly Cilliers - had debts of £22,000 and he believed he would be set to receive a £120,000 insurance payout on her death.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...ife-tampering/

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    'When she jumped out of the plane at 4,000ft, both her main parachute and her reserve parachute failed, causing her to spiral to the ground.


    'Those attending at the scene expected to find her dead, although she was badly injured, almost miraculously she survived the fall.

    'Those at the scene immediately realised that something was seriously wrong with her reserve parachute, two vital pieces of equipment which fasten the parachute harness were missing.


    'Their absence inevitably meant the reserve parachute would fail and would send her spinning to the ground.'

    [...]

    He said that the defendant had created a lie for his lover that he was leaving his wife, because he was not the father of one of his children, because his wife had been having an affair.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz4uXjIHZmE
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    The QC continued: "The police investigation was widened to include the circumstances of a gas leak at Emile and Victoria Cilliers' home a few days before.

    "It was discovered that Emile Cilliers had deliberately caused a gas leak at the house just before he left the house to stay elsewhere."

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/461040...e-wife-murder/

    I'm going to be offline for a bit when this resumes if anyone has time to do updates.

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    Thanks Legally. Whatever that was about, glad it's going ahead after all. I'll see if there's anything else in the reports.

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    Mr Bowes said that, on the night of the gas leak, March 29 2015, Cilliers had left his wife at their home in Amesbury, Wiltshire, to stay at his Army barracks to avoid the Monday morning traffic.

    He said the following morning Mrs Cilliers contacted him saying she could smell gas and had found it was coming from a gas valve in a kitchen cupboard next to the oven.

    Dried blood on the gas fitting was later found to be a full DNA match to the defendant, the court was told.
    Mr Bowes added that forensic examination of the fitting showed force had been used to loosen it but not to tighten it.
    Mr Bowes said Mrs Cilliers sent her husband a WhatsApp message saying jokingly "Are you trying to kill me?", to which he replied "Seriously, why are you saying that?"

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    He said the defendant sent his lover, Stefanie Goller, several messages saying that he was leaving his wife.
    He told her a lie that the child was not his and sent her a message saying: "I was just so scared I would lose you if it was mine."
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    "With his absolute disinterest in her, how likely is it that he would suddenly think, after all this, that 'I must give Victoria a treat and give her something she really wants to do like parachuting'?"

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017...ife-tampering/


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    Opening the prosecution case, Michael Bowes QC said Cilliers had shown callousness and contempt towards his wife, a physiotherapist working with the British army. He said Cilliers, of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, was heavily in debt and that his wife had changed her will because she was concerned about his handling of the family’s finances.

    The jury of nine women and three men was given a bundle of documents containing details of social media messages that the prosecution claims showed Cilliers’s state of mind at the time of the attempted murders, in March and April 2015.
    Bowes said Cilliers had begun a relationship with Stefanie Goller after meeting her via Tinder in November 2014.
    The court heard that he had lied to Goller in saying he had left his wife four months before. He had said: “I will sacrifice and give up so much for you.”

    At the end of February Goller expressed concern that he and she would be seen as the “bad guys” but Cilliers reassured her: “I promise this will be water under the bridge very soon.”
    ...

    Bowes said other messages showed Cilliers was also having sexual relations with his former wife, Carly. The prosecutor said he would not read out the text messages between them as they were explicit but he added: “They discussed what they are going to do and what they had done.”


    read more ;

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...-her-parachute

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    I think the case sounds very strong. He thinks he's getting away with this - here's what he tweeted on 20th Feb when the trial was put back at his own legal team's request to prepare expert reports -

    More delays!! When will this ever end!

    https://twitter.com/EmileCilliers80

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    He explained that Mrs Cilliers needed to use hire equipment because her own parachute was away to be inspected.

    He said the defendant collected a parachute for his wife and during the afternoon took it into the men's toilets at the base, which is when the prosecution claim he tampered with it.


    Mr Bowes said:

    "It's heavy, it's bulky, there is absolutely no reason to take it in there at all."

    "The weather was so poor that afternoon that Victoria couldn't jump, the cloud base was too low.

    Mr Bowes said Cilliers then arranged to keep it overnight in his wife's locker against normal procedures at the base where its parachutes were always returned to the kit room overnight.

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    Mr Bowes said that, out of character, Cilliers kept a track on the weather forecast for his wife's jump that afternoon.

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    Experts at the airfield had never seen such an entangled parachute and believed it could only be in that state if it had been tampered with.
    Mr Bowes said the British Parachute Association said there had never been an accident caused by slinks breaking and added:
    "To the board's knowledge there has never been an incident of main and reserve parachutes failing to operate in many millions of jumps."
    He added:
    "Emile Cilliers had the opportunity to tamper with the parachute and he had the expertise to do so having trained as a packer and having undergone training on the checking of parachute reserve equipment.

    http://www.forces.net/news/army-serg...fe-court-hears

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    She must feel like a cat with 9 lives.

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    Parachute slinks. Could have flushed them away.

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