Belgium: Murder verdict for woman who disabled parachute

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 20, 2010 21:35

BRUSSELS — A jealous schoolteacher was found guilty of murder Wednesday for sabotaging the parachute of a rival in a love triangle, causing her to crash to her death.

The verdict against Els Clottemans, 26, ended a month-long trial that revealed no hard proof that she had sabotaged Els Van Doren's parachute so that neither it nor a safety chute opened during a Nov. 18, 2006, jump over eastern Belgium.

Van Doren, then 38, jumped that day — with 11 other parachutists, including Clottemans — from a small plane flying at 4,500 meters (30,000 feet).


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