A jury in Winchester has found an army sergeant guilty of attempted murder of his wife by sabotaging her parachute and tampering with a gas valve at her home.
Victoria Cilliers was lucky to survive a 4,000 foot parachute jump at Netheravon Airfield on 5th April 2015, when her main parachute failed to open and the reserve only partially deployed too.
A police investigation was launched after it was discovered that pieces of kit called "slinks", which connect the canopy to the harness, had been removed from the parachute rig.
The trial heard Cilliers, who had "out of control" debts racked up by taking his lover on expensive holidays, first attempted to kill his wife by tampering with a gas valve at their home in Amesbury, Wiltshire, at the end of March 2015.
Cilliers was described as a "very risky man" by one of the detectives who uncovered the web of lies that hid a secret life from his wife and children.
As an experienced parachutist, Victoria Cilliers immediately realized when she jumped that something was wrong.
Victoria's light weight was also identified as a factor in helping to minimise her injuries.
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The judge added that he would have to consider the "dangerousness" of the defendant.
"The evidence all pointed to Emile Cilliers as the man with the motive and the opportunity to commit these calculated attempts to murder his wife", said senior prosecutor Amanda Sawetz in a statement.
Describing the final moments of her terrifying descent during the trial, she told the court: "The last thing I remember is trying to get some kind of control over it, trying to open as many cells as I could - then everything went black".
"On two separate occasions he made serious attempts to murder Victoria-one of these also endangered the lives of his two young children".
Angus Macpherson, the Wiltshire and Swindon police and crime commissioner, said: "Victims in a coercive relationships suffer greatly at the hands of offenders like Cilliers. I hope this verdict will empower more victims to come forward".
Cilliers will be sentenced at a later date.