Mitesh Patel
Mitesh Patel (Photo: Teesside Live)

A Middlesbrough pharmacist who killed his wife using a plastic bag has been sentenced for life in prison.

Mitesh Patel, 37, found guilty of killing his wife of nine years, Jessica Patel, 34, by strangulating her with a plastic shopping bag at their home on 14 May.

The couple ran Roman Road Pharmacy in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough.

Teesside Crown Court told Patel he would serve a minimum of 30 years.

“You have no remorse for your actions. Any pity you have is for yourself,” Justice Goss told him.

Patel was planning to claim insurance payment and move to Australia with his boyfriend, the jurors heard during the trail. He stood to gain £2 million from life insurance policies in Jessica’s name.

Jessica Patel

The jurors heard that he was in love with Amit Patel, a doctor from Sydney, Australia, and allegedly cheated on his wife with men he found on dating app Grindr.

Internet searches by Patel, stretching back to over five years, reveal the pharmacist exploring the amount of insulin needed to kill a healthy non-diabetic. His search terms include death of spouse, arranging funeral, life after the loss of spouse among others.

The murder happened after Jessica’s embryos had been frozen as part of their second round of IVF.

Prosecution accused Mitesh of planning to raise the child with Amit down under.

The couple met as children, went to university together and married in 2009. but, he was in a relationship with Amit for almost all of their marriage, the jurors heard.