Yevgenia (pictured) plunged 82ft suffering multiple injuries after a supporting rope was not properly secured on a tree, according to reports
A ‘free-flying’ extreme sport jump instructor has been jailed for four years after a woman plunged to her death in a 100ft fall in front of her husband.
‘My wife was crushed before my eyes,’ said Alexander Tkachenko.
Yevgenia Leontyeva, 33, had been reluctant to make the leap from a hotel rooftop, even though she had done so before.
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 instructor Alexander Muznikas, 33, urging her to jump.
He told her: ‘It’s not the first time you’ve jumped.
‘You know how to do it. Did I put a safety harness on you for nothing?’
She is then seen on a harrowing video leaping from the rooftop moments after husband Alexander Tkachenko told her: ‘I love you’.
Harrowing footage shows Yevgenia Leontyeva (left and right), 33, calmly stepping over the edge of the rooftop of a hotel in Karaganda, Kazakhstan
There are screams from onlookers on the roof and watchers below rush to her assistance after the appalling fall (pictured)
The full video, which MailOnline is not including, shows her hitting the ground before ramming into an iron fence right in the midst of her loved ones.
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 – either failed to hold or was not even secured.
A man is seen falling to the ground as she crashes down, say reports.
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.
‘Well, how not to support your beloved….
‘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. The instructor didn’t look down to make sure the rope was tied. He just told her: “Jump!”
‘I don’t wish this on anyone. He is guilty. He must serve time in jail. This, of course, will not return my spouse and mother of my children….’
Instructor Alexander Muznikas, pictured in the dock, 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. The judge acknowledged that he had rushed the woman to hospital after her horrific fall
Instructor Alexander Muznikas (pictured) was jailed after setting up extreme ‘rope free-flying’ incorrectly, leading to the death of Yevgenia Leontyeva
He said: ‘After her fall, I knelt beside her. He [the instructor] came, but I don’t remember what happened then. She was still breathing.’
He is raising the three children aged eight, 11 and 12.
Before the tragic leap, Yevgenia and her friend had posted ‘Live it up’ and ‘We’re going to fly’.
She 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’.
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.
The judge acknowledged that he had rushed the woman to hospital after her horrific fall.
In a sentence broadcast live on Kazakh TV, he was handed down four years in a medium security jail.
The woman had three boys, two of her own, and the son of a relative who had died (all pictured). Her husband is now raising the three children aged eight, 11 and 12
Experienced jumper Yevgenia (pictured) was rushed to hospital after the 82ft fall where she underwent surgery for serious head injuries, but died soon afterwards