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Parachute husband Emile Cilliers unable to return to South Africa

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An Army sergeant accused of trying to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute has been denied permission to return to South Africa for Christmas.Emile Cilliers, 37, is facing a retrial for the attempted murder of Victoria Cilliers who survived a 4,000ft (1,200m) parachute fall in 2015.He applied to have his bail conditions amended so he could spend a month in Cape Town with his elderly parents.But the amendment was denied by Judge Keith Cutler at Winchester Crown Court.Judge Cutler said: “I have concluded that I will not alter the bail conditions and they will remain as they are.”He added that a date for the retrial had been set for 11 April 2018.

Mr Cilliers, of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps in Aldershot, denies two charges of attempted murder and a third count of damaging a gas fitting.He is accused of sabotaging his wife’s main and reserve parachute and a few days earlier tampering with a gas valve at the family home in Amesbury, Wiltshire.
Source: BBC Hampshire