Brussels: A young Belgian schoolteacher
went on trial for murder today, accused of killing her rival
in a skydiving love-triangle by disabling her parachute.
Els Clottemans, 26, is standing jury trial in the
northeast town of Tongres for four weeks for the death of
38-year-old Els Van Doren, the wife of a jeweller who shared a
passion with the suspect for skydiving, as well as for
the same man, Marcel Somers.
The trial caps the November 18, 2006 death of Van Dorens,
a mother of three and experienced skydiver who plunged to her
death in a garden when her parachute failed to open.
Investigators said both of Van Doren`s parachutes had
been interfered with and that two straps were cut.
On the day of the accident, 12 skydivers boarded a Cessna
and both women along with Somers and another man were supposed
to join tgoether in the air but Clottemans jumped too late,
leaving the others to form a trio.
But when the three separated and opened their parachutes,
Van Doren`s failed to open.
Police arrested Clottemans soon after, in January 2007,
saying she had been staying with her lover a week before the
fatal jump when Van Doren too showed up.
Investigators said Somers spent the night with the
latter, throwing the younger woman out of his room and forcing
her to sleep on a mattress in the living room, where Van Doren
had left her parachute.