MITESH Patel has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 30 years for the murder of his wife Jessica.

Mitesh Patel

MURDER: Patel brutally killed wife Jessica with a shopping bag (Pic: FACEBOOK)

The pharmacist strangled her to death with a Tesco bag in a bid to run away with his gay lover.

Sentencing Patel at Teesside Crown Court, Judge Justice Goss told him: “You have no remorse for your actions.

“Any pity you have is for yourself.”

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


“We can only imagine the fear and panic she must have felt knowing herself this was it”


He then strangled her to death with a bag-for-life at their Middlesbrough home, on May 14.

The victim’s younger sister Divya read a statement on behalf of the victim’s sisters and close cousins ahead of the judge passing sentence.

She said: “The one thing we hope and prayed for above anything else was that in her final moments she did not suffer.

“The cruel reality is that she did in fact suffer, she knew exactly who her killer was, and he mercilessly ignored her attempts to fight for her own life as he ended it.

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

“Thinking of that moment makes our hearts so heavy.”

Patel had attempted to cover the murder up as a break-in, throwing the couple’s possessions around the house.

He also bound his dead wife with tape to make it appear she had been attacked by intruders.

Patel was also motivated by a £2 million insurance payout — but was foiled when found guilty of murder on December 4.

The couple ran a successful pharmacy together but their marriage was unhappy, with Patel attempting to hook-up with other gay men on the Grindr dating app.

And he was secretly in a relationship with his “soulmate” Dr Amit Patel, who had emigrated to Sydney.

Mitesh Patel originally planned for he and his lover to raise his and Jessica’s IVF baby after her death.

The couple had embryos in storage, but Patel he killed her before they were implanted.

The husband was convicted of her murder at Teesside Crown Court after the jury heard Patel 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?”.

Days before the murder, he messaged Dr Patel to say: “You know this plan, do you think we will succeed?”

Dr Patel replied: “Only you know the answer.”

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

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