Thursday, July 23, 2020

Wife fatally strangled by husband who planned new life in Australia with gay lover

A pharmacist was strangled to death by her husband who wanted to start a new life with his gay lover, a review into her death found.

Jessica Patel, 34, was strangled by her husband Mitesh, 37, at their Middlesbrough home in May 2018 in a premeditated attack.

The 37-year-old then planned to move to Australia to live with his boyfriend.

Patel, who was also a pharmacist, spent five years planning her murder so he could use her frozen embryos to have a family with a lover he met on gay dating app Grindr.


He had also planned to claim a £2million life insurance payout and tried to cover his tracks by staging a break-in and claiming an intruder must have murdered his wife.

But his lies were exposed when the health app on his iPhone recorded frantic activity as he raced around the house after her death.

He was jailed for life with a minimum term of 30 years after a jury took just two hours and 50 minutes to convict him of murder.

A 74-page domestic homicide review into Jessica's death called for the murder to be classed as an "honour killing".

Jessica's heartbroken family paid tribute to her in the report, stating: "Heaven has gained an angel but the world is at a loss for it.

"Jessica was a rarity: she was beautiful on the outside, and even more so on the inside.

"She had a truly selfless soul and afforded everyone she met with a kindness and generosity that was second to none.

"As the first born in our family, she brought an immense amount of joy.

"She had this lovable smile which encapsulated her gentle nature and innocence, and would make our house feel like a home.

"She had her whole life ahead of her, a life in which she simply wished for true love, a family of her own and to live happily ever after.

"Above all, her greatest wish was to be a mother, to share the love she had in her heart and feel the same happiness she afforded to our family as a child.

"She deserved to have a wonderful life, but these wishes will now remain unfulfilled.

"We are extremely blessed to have had Jessica in our lives."





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