Belgian teacher jailed for skydive murder

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The Independent Online

A jealous Belgian schoolteacher who killed her love rival by sabotaging her parachute, causing her to plunge to her death, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. In sentencing Els Clottemans, 26, the judge said the only mitigating circumstance in the 2006 skydive murder was her feeble psychological condition.

Clottemans attempted suicide in 2008. She was sentenced a day after she was found guilty of murdering Els Van Doren by sabotaging her parachute during the jump on 18 November, 2006. The two were members of the same parachute club and intimately involved with the same man, a Dutch skydiver.