Woman whose cheating ex sabotaged her parachute to try to kill her speaks out on This Morning

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The woman whose cheating husband tried to kill her by sabotaging her parachute has spoken out about the “soul-destroying” betrayal.

Appearing on today’s episode of This Morning, Victoria Cilliers spoke to hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes of how her ex-husband tried to take her life – not once, but twice.

The army physiotherapist and qualified skydiving instructor narrowly escaped death in 2015 when a skydiving jump, organised by her husband, went horribly wrong as her main and reserve parachutes failed to deploy.

Although she suffered spinal injuries and broke her leg, collarbone and ribs, Victoria’s survival was hailed a “near miracle”.




Click the video above to listen to her speak about her ex-husband in full

However, the life-changing incident, that took place on Easter Sunday 2015, was in fact not the first time her then husband, Sgt Emile Cilliers, tried to end her life.

As a web of lies and secrets began to unfold as Emilie’s cruel murder plot soon came to light, Victoria later found out that her husband had actually tried to kill her once before.

Prior to the parachute incident, police discovered that Emile tampered with a gas valve in their home in a bid to kill his wife, with Victoria and their two children tucked up in bed, while Emile left to visit his ‘girlfriend’.

After a long investigation, Emile Cilliers was jailed for life in October 2018 – both for tampering with her parachutes and a gas valve in her home.

Since then, brace Victoria has moved on with her life and has recently published a book about her horrible ideal, titled ‘I Survived’.

Appearing on This Morning via a live webcam feed, Victoria recalled her ex’s callous betrayal and revealed to viewers what Emilie’s motive was for killing her.




“It took several years really for it all to sink in,” she said.

“It is soul-destroying – it is one of the hardest things I think you can get your head around, that the man you love and had children with wants to kill you.”

When asked by Eamonn why Emilie wanted to kill her, she revealed that it was for her money and her life insurance.

“And that was because he had run up a lot of debt hadn’t he and had taken out loans in your name. How much did you know about that side of his life?” Ruth asked.

“After we were married for about a year or so the money concerns started creeping – borrowing money, buying things, loans, starting to get letter through – so I was aware of it, he did start by paying everything off, but gradually money started disappearing from my account.

“I felt like I was always bailing him out and then it started escalating.”

She then added: “I think he has the type of personality where he thought he would [get away with it], he was almost untouchable.

“And he had a new girlfriend and wanted to set up a new life with her and I think I just got in the way of that.”

She said the reason why she did the parachute jump was because she was “excited Emile was thinking about her and wanted to do something as a pair”.

“Emile had come up with the idea of us doing a jump together. That was at a difficult time of the marriage and I was just excited that he was thinking of me,” she said.




Victoria had also only recently given birth to her second child when the parachute incident happened, and described the moment she realised something was not right with her chutes.

“With the main parachute it was twisted and it is one of those things you deal with on a regular basis as a skydiver, but once I got rid of the twist it still didn’t look normal and I wasn’t happy with it.

“It was then I got a slight sinking feeling, ‘I now need to cut this away’, but again not any particular fear as it is something I’ve done before.

“But you expect as soon as you cut away the main that immediate jolt, slowing down and the reserve opening quickly, but that didn’t happen.”

She continued: “As soon as I cut away I started spinning, and then realised it was full of twists and that’s when your heart rate starts going up a bit more.

“I got rid of the twists thinking that was the problem and then as soon as I did that, it got a lot worse. And then the focus is just on trying to rectify the situation… you’re not really aware of the ground or the height you’re at at that point.”

Victoria revealed the time from leaving the plane to hitting the ground was “only a few minutes,” adding: “I was very aware that I had a baby and toddler at home that needed me.

“I had to keep fighting and slow down the spin. I just remember blacking out, I may have lost consciousness because of the G-force.”

Besides a broken pelvis, Victoria also suffered multiple spinal fractures, broken ribs and bleeding in her lungs as a result of her fall.

Three weeks later, after Emile had left for work, there was a knock at her door from police who informed her he’d been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Emile was found guilty at his second trial in 2018, where he was told he would serve a minimum 18 years in prison.

Victoria went to visit him in prison, intent on getting a divorce but also wanting answers, but admitted: “I didn’t get the clarity I wanted.”

She added that it took 18 months to get a decree nisi, which she finally got last week.

When asked what she would say to someone who feels they are in or witnessing a controlling relationship, she said: “listen to that voice in the back of your mind, that’s telling you things aren’t quite right.

“Listen to your friends – some of them picked up on some of the changes in my personality or the way I was when Emile was around – and I just ignored them.

“So I think talking to your friends or someone who is completely removed from the situation can help.”



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