Sabotaging a chute
How Emile Cilliers was able to transform a parachute into a method of murder in moments
Emile Cilliers had “100 per cent” hands- on knowledge of packing and assembling parachutes, the court was told. He had learnt to pack parachutes so he could earn extra money to pay for his wedding to Vicky in 2011.
George Panagopoulos, the chief rigger with the Army Parachute Association, told Winchester Crown Court, “He was very good, he knew what he was doing, being a skilled packer, and he had good knowledge of parachutes and canopies and various bits that go with it.”
Police reconstructions showed how Emile Cilliers could have taken the rig to the toilet, twisted the lines of the main canopy and removed two of the four slinks from the reserve.
George Panagopoulos said Emile knew “the ins and outs of a harness container, more importantly how everything is assembled and fitted and put together and closed.”
Chief r igger P anagopoulos sho ws how quic kly Cillier s could ha ve tangled Vicky’s main c hute
APA chief rigger removes two slinks from a reserve chute, demonstrating how Cilliers would have done it