“extreme Gravity” of cilliers’s crimes
Vicky Cilliers watched as a judge sentenced her husband to life in prison for her attempted murder
Giving Emile Cilliers an 18- year minimum prison sentence for attempted murder, Mr Justice Sweeney turned to address the newly convicted Cilliers as his wife sat in the well of the court: “Victoria had given her love to you without reservation. You were leading a double life in which your only guiding compass was your own selfish emotional, sexual and financial desires.
“It was that your first attempt to kill your wife by blowing her up failed. But you were determined to succeed,” he said. “Vicky’s main parachute malfunctioned as you had intended it would, she cut it away and triggered her reserve parachute. But again, as you intended, it also malfunctioned. She began to spiral violently as she fell to earth, passing out from the g- forces. You made the decision to murder her and became single- minded in your attempts to carry out your plan. This was wicked offending of extreme gravity.”