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Guilty - Skydiver murders love rival in death jump

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Guilty - Skydiver murders love rival in death jump

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A Belgian woman has been found guilty of murdering a fellow sky diver by sabotaging her parachute, in a crime of passion.

Els Clottemans is said to have been jealous of the relationship her victim Els Van Doren had with another male sky diver.

Although Clottemans denied the charge which was based mainly on circumstantial evidence, Judge Michel Jordans read out in court the verdict of guilty to premeditated murder.

The case has gripped the imagination of the Belgian public mainly due to the salacious stories surrounding the love triangle. Clottemans’ family firmly believe she is innocent.

It was four years ago that Els Van Doren performed a 4,000 metres jump. When she tried to open her parachute it, and her backup chute, failed due to the cords having been cut. She crashed into a garden and died on impact.

Clottemans faces a prison term of between three years to life for the murder.