Close X
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
ADVT 
International

Indian-Origin Woman Found Dead In UK Home Was Killed By Cheating 'Gay' Husband

Darpan News Desk IANS, 04 Dec, 2018
  • Indian-Origin Woman Found Dead In UK Home Was Killed By Cheating 'Gay' Husband
The husband of a 34-year-old Indian-origin pharmacist found dead in her home in Middlesborough, northern England, earlier this year has been found guilty of her murder on Tuesday.
 
 
Mitesh Patel, 37, had denied killing his wife Jessica, whose body was found at their home in May.
 
 
His murder trial at Teesside Crown Court opened last month and on Tuesday a jury found him guilty of strangling his wife to death with a supermarket plastic bag so he could start a new life with his boyfriend whom he met on the gay dating app Grindr.
 
 
Justice James Goss told the jury a life sentence was mandatory and he would determine Patel's minimum term behind bars during a sentencing hearing on Wednesday.
 
 
The court was told how the accused had planned to claim a GBP 2-million life insurance payout and move to Australia with lover Dr Amit Patel, described as his “soulmate”.
 
 
The jury heard the cheating husband met other men on Grindr and had made internet searches dating back years, including "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?".
 
 
In July 2015, he told his Sydney-based lover Amit: "Her days are marked."  
 
 
Mitesh Patel had insisted he was innocent and claimed he had returned home to find the couple's house burgled and his wife's wrists bound with duct tape.
 
 
But prosecutors presented evidence to the jury to show it was Patel himself who had tied her up after injecting her with insulin and strangling and suffocating her with a Tesco supermarket bag.
 
 
 
 
Jessica Patel's family made a statement at the end of the trial, saying they were "devastated" by her death.
 
 
The statement said: "She had simple dreams, all she ever wanted was to fall in love, have a family of her own and live happily ever after. The man we welcomed into our family, who promised to look after and protect her, betrayed her in every sense of the word, cheating her of her dreams, robbing her of her life and robbing us of her."     
 
 
The court heard that Mitesh Patel regularly chatted to men on Grindr under the pseudonym "Prince", using the gay dating app daily in front of employees at the pharmacy he ran with his wife. The jury was told that his gay double life became the pharmacy's "worst kept secret".
 
 
At the start of the trial, Justice Goss had said that it was agreed that the accused had been unfaithful to his wife with men, having used the dating app Grindr. He had therefore ruled out any jury member who had used the same dating app or visited the Patels' pharmacy in Linthorpe since 2011 to be included for the trial to ensure impartiality.
 
 
On Tuesday, the jury of six men and six women took three hours of deliberation to give their guilty verdict.
 
 
Jessica Patel was found at her home on The Avenue in Linthorpe suburb of Middlesborough with “serious injuries” and pronounced dead at the scene.
 
 
The victim, also known as Jess, ran the local chemist's shop on Roman Road in Middlesborough with her husband, whom she met while studying at university in Manchester.
 
 
The couple's home is close to their pharmacy, which they ran for around three years. Both the home and work premises were the focus of intense police searches in the days after the murder on May 14. 

MORE International ARTICLES

Navjot Sidhu Can Win Election Even In Pakistan: Imran Khan

Navjot Sidhu Can Win Election Even In Pakistan: Imran Khan

The corridor made headlines in August after the Punjab Cabinet minister and Congress leader visited Pakistan to attend Prime Minister Khan’s swearing-in ceremony.

Navjot Sidhu Can Win Election Even In Pakistan: Imran Khan

UK Bus Company Fined For Fatal Crash By Indian-Origin Driver Kailash Chander

UK Bus Company Fined For Fatal Crash By Indian-Origin Driver Kailash Chander
A bus company in the UK has been fined 2.3 million pounds for significant health and safety failings in allowing a fatigued Indian-origin driver to carry on driving that led to a crash causing the deaths of two people.

UK Bus Company Fined For Fatal Crash By Indian-Origin Driver Kailash Chander

Sikhs In America Hail Indian Govt’S Decision To Build Kartarpur Corridor

Sikhs In America Hail Indian Govt’S Decision To Build Kartarpur Corridor
The Sikhs in America have hailed the Indian government’s decision to build a religious corridor linking border district of Gurdaspur with historic Kartarpur Sahib gurudwara in Pakistan—fulfilling a long pending demand of the community.

Sikhs In America Hail Indian Govt’S Decision To Build Kartarpur Corridor

Pak Will Never Again Fight 'Imposed Wars' On Its Territory: Imran Khan

Pak Will Never Again Fight 'Imposed Wars' On Its Territory: Imran Khan
Imran Khan's remarks came days after Trump reiterated that the USD 1.3 billion in aid to Pakistan will remain suspended until the country acts against militant safe heavens inside its territory.

Pak Will Never Again Fight 'Imposed Wars' On Its Territory: Imran Khan

Sikh Pilgrims Gather In Pakistan's Gurdwara Panja Sahib

Sikh Pilgrims Gather In Pakistan's Gurdwara Panja Sahib
Sikh pilgrims from all over the world on Monday poured into the Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Pakistan's Punjab province to celebrate the 549th birth anniversary of Sikhim's founder, Guru Nanak Dev.

Sikh Pilgrims Gather In Pakistan's Gurdwara Panja Sahib

Got Closure After Body Was Identified, Says Mother Of Lion Air Pilot Bhavye Suneja

Got Closure After Body Was Identified, Says Mother Of Lion Air Pilot Bhavye Suneja

The Lion Air flight, with 188 passengers and crew on board, crashed into the sea off Indonesia's island of Java, minutes after taking off from Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

Got Closure After Body Was Identified, Says Mother Of Lion Air Pilot Bhavye Suneja