PHARMACIST GUILTY OF WIFE’S MUR­DER

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A GAY pharmacist who plot­ted for years to kill his wife – so he could start a new life in Aus­tralia with his boyfriend, and a £2mil­lion life in­sur­ance pay­out – has been con­victed of her mur­der.

Mitesh Pa­tel, 37, in­jected his wife Jes­sica ( left) with in­sulin and stran­gled her with a Tesco bag-for-life at their Mid­dles­brough home, then staged a break-in to make it look like an in­truder had at­tacked her and bound her with tape.

The cou­ple ran a busy phar­macy to­gether but their mar­riage was un­happy, with the hubby re­peat­edly seek­ing sex with men he met on the Grindr gay dat­ing app.

And he was se­cretly in a re­la­tion­ship with his “soul­mate” Dr Amit Pa­tel, who had em­i­grated to Syd­ney and with whom he hoped to bring up his and Jes­sica’s IVF baby af­ter her death.

Mitesh was con­victed of her mur­der at Teesside Crown Court.

Mr Jus­tice Goss said: “You will be sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment.

“I will also fix the min­i­mum term you will have to serve be­fore you can be con­sid­ered for re­lease in many years to come.”

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