The husband of an Indian-origin woman who was found dead in her home in the United Kingdom earlier this year has been found guilty of her murder. His murder trial had opened last month and yesterday, 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.
Thirty-four-year-old Indian-origin pharmacist Jessica Patel was found with “serious injuries” and was pronounced dead in her home in Middlesborough, northern England, in May this year. Her husband Mitesh Patel, 37, had denied killing her. Justice James Goss of the Teesside Crown Court told the jury a life sentence was mandatory and he would determine Patel’s minimum term behind bars during a sentencing hearing today.
The court was told how the accused had planned to claim her two million pounds 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 Dr 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 plastic bag.