Sab­o­tag­ing a chute

How Emile Cil­liers was able to trans­form a para­chute into a method of mur­der in mo­ments

Real Crime - - Emile Cilliers -

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

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