Soldier 'sent sexts to lover' after trying to kill wife

Army sergeant Emile Cilliers is pictured arriving at Winchester Crown court charged with attempted murder of his wife

Army sergeant Emile Cilliers is pictured arriving at Winchester Crown court charged with attempted murder of his wife

An army sergeant sent a flurry of saucy text messages to his lover the day after tampering with his wife's parachute to send her plummeting 4,000ft to the ground, a court head today.

While Victoria Cilliers lay in hospital, Emile Cilliers, who is accused of trying to murder her, was messaging his lover telling her he liked 'nude cleaners' and asking if she would refer to him as 'Mr Grey'.

Cilliers, 37, sent love messages to Stefanie Goller, who he met on Tinder in November 2014, and continued to plan a life with her as Mrs Cilliers was waiting for surgery.

Jurors at Winchester Crown Court were today shown thousands of text messages between Cilliers and Miss Goller about how they wanted to spend their lives together.

In two messages four months before the incident, Cilliers tells Miss Goller, who was in the United States: 'I will sacrifice and give up so much for you... I just never want to let you go.'

Another, a month later reads: 'To be with you, I would do anything.'

Then on April 5, 2015, army physiotherapist Mrs Cilliers plummeted to the ground at Netheravon airfield after her main and reserve parachute failed.

She spun helplessly following the 4,000ft jump but miraculously survived the fall thanks in part to a freshly ploughed field and her light weight but broke her pelvis, ribs and fractured her vertebra.

It is alleged Cilliers, who serves with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, removed two vital pieces of equipment called slinks from his wife's parachute.

Army sergeant Cilliers is seen marrying his wife Victoria in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2011

Army sergeant Cilliers is seen marrying his wife Victoria in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2011

Emile Cilliers and wife Victoria Cilliers on their wedding day in South Africa

Defense barrrister Elizabeth Marsh QC looks at a hanging main parachute at Netheravon Airfield in Wiltshire

Emile Cilliers and wife Victoria Cilliers on their day in South Africa (left). Shown right, defense barrister Elizabeth Marsh looks at a main parachute at Netheravon Airfield in Wiltshire

On the same day of the fall, Cilliers messaged Miss Goller: 'I can't imagine anything like that happening to you. I think about you all the time.'

He told Miss Goller that his 40-year-old wife would be likely to walk with a limp for the rest of her life as a result of her injuries.

The very next day Miss Goller messaged explaining she is cleaning to earn some extra money and Cilliers said: 'Will you be my cleaner? I only like nude house cleaners. I pay with hugs and kisses.'

When Miss Goller tells Cilliers she loves him in uniform, he replies: 'You going onto [sic] salute me?'

And in reply to her message 'I guess sometimes I will have to obey you', Cilliers said: 'Will you call me your Mr Grey?'

The court heard that around three months before the incident Cilliers and Miss Goller had gone for a weekend away together in the Czech Republic.

Cilliers is said to have started an affair with Stefanie Goller (pictured) after meeting her on Tinder and allegedly tried to kill his wife for £120,000 insurance money

Cilliers is said to have started an affair with Stefanie Goller (pictured) after meeting her on Tinder and allegedly tried to kill his wife for £120,000 insurance money

Mrs Cilliers, pictured on another skydive, suffered multiple serious injuries in the fall in 2015

Cilliers 'deliberately removed vital pieces of equipment intending that she should be killed when the reserve parachute inevitably failed', the court was told

Cilliers 'deliberately removed vital pieces of equipment intending that she should be killed when the reserve parachute inevitably failed', the court was told

Around a month later Mrs Cilliers messaged her husband saying she felt he was 'trying to

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