Thursday 29 September 2016

Man charged with attempted murder after woman's main parachute failed to open

Rod Minchin, Press Association

Published 13/09/2016 | 16:09

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A MAN has been charged with attempted murder after a woman's main parachute failed to open in a 4,000ft jump, police said.

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Emile Cilliers, 36, is accused of two counts of attempted murder and a further charge of criminal damage reckless to the endangerment of life.

The 40-year-old woman suffered "multiple serious injuries" after plummeting to the ground during a jump at Netheravon Airfield on Salisbury Plain on April 5.

At the time Wiltshire Police said the woman's reserve also failed and deployed only partially. She sustained multiple serious injuries and was taken to Southampton Hospital and later discharged.

Cilliers, of Amesbury, Wiltshire, has been released on bail and is due to appear at Salisbury Magistrates' Court on October 14.

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