May 3, 2011 / 4:03 PM / 9 years ago

Belgian parachute murderer loses appeal

Belgian Els Clottemans leaves the court after her trial in the town of Tongeren October 21, 2010. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian teacher sentenced to 30 years for the murder of a skydiving love rival lost an appeal against her conviction on Tuesday.

Els Clottemans was found guilty last October of cutting through key parts of the parachute system of Els Van Doren, 38, before the two jumped with their mutual lover in November 2006.

Clottemans had appealed on the grounds that investigators questioned her for more than 100 hours without a lawyer present.

Van Doren, married with two children, smashed into a back garden from around 4,500 metres (15,000 feet) in the air when her main and reserve chutes failed to open in the jump recorded by a video camera on her helmet.

Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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