A woman has fallen 100ft to her death in front of her husband after a “free-flying” extreme sport jumping session went horribly wrong.
Instructor Alexander Muznikas has been jailed for four years as a result of the tragic death of 33-year-old Yevgenia Leontyeva.
A court in Kazakhstan heard how her husband, Alexander Tkachenko suffered the horror of seeing his wife killed in front of him.
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He said: “My wife was crushed before my eyes.”
The mother-of-three let her female friend go first, and this ‘rope free-flying’ leap was successful, a court was told in Karaganda, Kazakhstan.
Witnesses said Yevgenia had appeared “afraid” – but they heard the instructor urging her to jump.
She is then seen on a harrowing video leaping from the rooftop moments after husband Alexander Tkachenko told her: “I love you”.
She hit the ground, and rammed into an iron fence after a supporting rope was not properly secured on a tree, according to reports.
There were screams from onlookers on the roof and watchers below were seen rushing to her assistance after the appalling fall.
A cross-line to which her rope was attached – and which was supposed to break her fall leaving her suspended above the ground – failed to hold.
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According to local reports, a man was seen falling to the ground as she crashes towards the earth.
He is believed to have been holding the safety line which should have been attached to the tree and he was floored by the force of her fall pulling on the unsecured rope.
The bereaved husband said: “I came to support my wife. My wife was crushed before my eyes – I was in shock and panic.
“It was clearly the employee's fault.
“They did not coordinate their actions.
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“The instructor didn't look down to make sure the rope was tied.
“I don't wish this on anyone, and he must serve time in jail.
“This, of course, will not return my spouse and mother of my children….”
The woman suffered a serious skull fracture and brain injuries, and multiple right-sided fractures.
She was rushed to hospital but died as surgeons tried to save her.
Friend Anton Shevelev told the court he had demanded the instructor take off the harness because Yevgenia was “afraid to jump” and they would “go home”.
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But Muznikas persuaded her to do the jump, he said.
The woman had three boys under 14, two of her own, and the son of a relative who had died.
Muznikas was convicted of offering services which did not meet safety rules and causing death by negligence.
He was sentenced to four years in a medium security jail and his sentencing was shown on Kazakh TV.
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