Gay Pharmacist Jailed For Killing His Wife To Start New Life With Boyfriend

A pharmacist who strangled his wife so he could start a new life with his boyfriend has been jailed for at least 30 years. Mitesh Patel injected his wife Jessica with insulin before strangling her with a Tesco bag at their Middlesbrough home – an attack he had plotted for years.He then staged a break-in to make it look like she had been killed by an intruder and intended to move to Australia with a £2m life insurance payout. In what is thought to be a legal first, detectives used the iPhone health app to view the movements of Patel and his wife which exposed his lies. Following a trial at Teesside Crown Court, Patel was found guilty of murder and sentenced on Wednesday. Mr Justice Goss told him: “You have no remorse for your actions. Any pity you have is for yourself.” The judge said Mrs Patel “clearly loved” her husband and was a “dutiful wife”. “She wanted nothing more than to have children and live a normal family life,” he added. “The difficulty is that you had no sexual attraction to her; you were attracted to men.” Jurors heard that the couple had been running a successful pharmacy together but their marriage had been unhappy. Patel had been seeking sex with men through the Grindr dating app and was planning to follow his boyfriend and “soulmate” to Australia.The jury heard that Patel’s internet searches included: “I need to kill my wife”, “insulin overdose”, “plot to kill my wife, do I need a co-conspirator?”, “hiring hitman UK” and “how much methadone will kill you?” After staging the break-in, Patel dialled 999 and said: “Oh hiya, I think we’ve been burgled and my wife’s been attacked.” During the call, despite knowing she was long dead, Patel implored her: “No, Jess, come on baby, wake up.” During cross-examination, Patel said he had not tried CPR because he lost his “bearings” and panicked. Nicholas Campbell QC, prosecuting, replied: “And you weren’t going to waste your time trying to revive the dead, were you?” Police had also searched Patel’s laptop bag after his wife’s death and found syringes prepared with insulin. One was empty. Mr Campbell told the jury that Patel stood to profit from his wife’s death to the tune of £2m.He added: “He was planning to use that money to start a new life in Australia shared with the person he really loved… another man named Dr Amit Patel.” The pair had exchanged messages while the Patels were on holiday in the Canaries only days before the murder. He had asked Dr Patel: “You know this plan, do you think we will succeed?” Dr Patel replied: “Only you know the answer.” Ahead of Wednesday’s sentencing, the victim’s younger sister, Divya, said Patel had “mercilessly ignored her attempts to fight for her own life as he ended it”. She also addressed her brother-in-law in the dock. She told him: “We do not just pray, we know, she will be free from you for ever. As will she rest in heaven, you will rot in hell.”Photo Credit: Getty

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