Pharmacist Mitesh Patel Jailed For Life For Murdering Wife Jessica

Elias Hubbard
December 5, 2018

Mitesh Patel, 37, injected Jessica with insulin - believed to have been used to weaken her.

Detective chief inspector Matt Murphy-King said: "Jessica Patel was a wonderful daughter, sister and friend, loved and respected by many, who tragically had her life cut short by the man who should have been there to love, cherish and protect her".

Jessica's health app remained still until after her death when it recorded a movement of 14 paces as her husband took the iPhone from her body and deposited it outside to make it look as though the "burglar" had dropped it as he left.

- Why police might stop your vehicle in Leeds this weekThe couple ran a successful pharmacy together but their marriage was unhappy, with the husband repeatedly seeking sex with men he met on the Grindr dating app.

The husband was convicted of her murder at Teesside Crown Court after the jury heard that Patel had made internet searches dating back years, including "I need to kill my wife", "insulin overdose", "hiring hitman UK" and "how much methadone will kill you?" The couple's home is close to their pharmacy, which they ran for around three years.

Patel murdered his wife with a Tesco Bag For Life before plotting to run away to Australia with his boyfriend using a £2million life insurance payout.Mr Justice Goss told Patel: "You have no remorse for your actions".

Patel had denied strangling his wife but a jury at Teesside Crown Court found him guilty. In his 999 call, Patel pretended to cry while saying: "come on baby, wake up".

Patel strangled Jessica to death after searching "I want to kill my wife" online and watching videos on strangulation.

The pair had exchanged messages while the Patels were on holiday in the Canaries only days before the murder.

At the sentencing hearing on Wednesday, victim statements from her grandmother, father, and a joint communication prepared by her sisters and cousins will be read out.

"We can only imagine the fear and panic she must have felt, knowing herself this was it".

The defendant got no reply when he responded: "Do you think it is a bad plan?"

Patel also addressed her brother-in-law in the dock, saying: "We do not just pray, we know, she will be free from you for ever".

"She was lonely, often upset and controlled by you", he told Patel.

When she voiced her doubts about going through with the process, the husband texted her: "Ok then I'm telling you this then we are parting ways". Everything he has done has been purely for selfish reasons.

She added: "He could've divorced her, taken everything he wanted - he did not need to take her life, he had no right to take this evil, cruel and malicious step".

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