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Cilliers Trial: Court Hears Army Sergeant's Messages To Lover

Cilliers denies two charges of attempted murder and a third charge of damaging a gas valve at their home.

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A British soldier accused of trying to kill his wife by sabotaging her parachute asked his lover to be his naked cleaner while his spouse was undergoing surgery for injuries suffered in the fall, a court heard.

Sergeant Emile Cilliers told Stefanie Goller he would repay her services with "hugs and kisses" after revealing his former Army officer wife, Victoria Cilliers, was in hospital with a fractured spine and pelvis and broken ribs, his trial was told.

Winchester Crown Court was read WhatsApp messages the lovers exchanged after Mrs Cilliers was hurt in a jump with the Army Parachute Association (APA) at Netheravon, Wiltshire, on Easter Sunday, April 5 2015.

After telling Ms Goller that his wife was undergoing surgery, Cilliers, of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, wrote:

"One day we might have a family of our own."

He then asked her: "Will you be my cleaner? I only like nude house cleaners. I pay with hugs and kisses."

Later in the conversation, Ms Goller replied: "I will wear an apron and an apron only."

The prosecution claims Cilliers tampered with his wife's parachute on the day before her jump.

Cilliers denies two charges of attempted murder and a third charge of damaging a gas valve at their home a few days before the Easter parachute jump, which is linked to the second attempted murder charge.

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During the messages sent over several months, Cilliers and Ms Goller plan a life together as well as a holiday in Honduras together that summer.

In one message he says: "I will sacrifice and give up so much for you" and in another:

"From April onwards I can do random and spontaneous..."

The court heard that Cilliers was also continuing a sexual relationship with his ex-wife Carly Cilliers and half-an-hour after making arrangements to meet her on March 29, 2015, the defendant was exchanging sex messages with Ms Goller.

The court was read messages from Victoria Cilliers describing her "joking" fears that the defendant had tried to kill her by tampering with the gas fitting at their home.

On March 30, 2015, she wrote: "Did you alter the gas lever into the cooker. It's in the cupboard.

"Smell gas in the cupboard this am and dry blood around the lever!"

Later in the conversation, Mrs Cilliers then brought up a magazine article she had read, the topic of "My husband tried to kill me".

She then said she was "making a joke" by bringing the article up.

The trial is adjourned until Tuesday.

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