MIDDLESBROUGH: A pharmacist who murdered his wife with a Tesco carrier bag so he could start a new life with his boyfriend has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years. Mitesh Patel, 37, strangled and suffocated Jessica, 34, and then staged a burglary at the couple’s home in Middlesbrough on 14 May.
Jurors heard he had planned to claim a £2m life insurance payout and move to Australia with lover Dr Amit Patel. Patel was sentenced to life and told he would service a minimum of 30 years. Sentencing Patel, Mr Justice Goss told him: “You have no remorse for your actions. Any pity you have is for yourself.”
According to a BBC report, the two-week trial at Teesside Crown Court heard Patel, who ran a pharmacy on Roman Road with his 34-year-old wife, had a series of affairs with men he met via the dating app Grindr.
Patel, who claimed his wife was his “best mate”, injected her with insulin before strangling and suffocating her with the bag at their home on The Avenue. He then bound her with duct tape and ransacked the house in an attempt to blame burglars for her death.
Prosecutor Nicholas Campbell QC said: “The prosecution case was that a plastic shopping bag, ironically a Tesco Bag For Life, was used both as a ligature and to suffocate her.”
Reading a statement on behalf of Mrs Patel’s sisters and cousins, her younger sister Divya told the court: “The one thing we hope and prayed for above anything else was that in her final moments she did not suffer.
Ms Patel also addressed her brother-in-law in the dock, saying: “We do not just pray, we know, she will be free from you forever. As will she rest in heaven, you will rot in hell.” 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.”
Patel told his boyfriend Dr Patel that he married Mrs Patel because she was in love with him and would provide a cover for his true sexuality.
He wanted to move to Australia to be with Dr Patel and the pair had planned to raise a child conceived by Mrs Patel through IVF. She had undergone three courses of IVF and the last cycle resulted in three embryos being created, but she was murdered before they could be implanted.