Phar­ma­cist on trial ‘searched for in­sulin over­dose on in­ter­net’

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Uk And World News - BY TOM WILKIN­SON

The jury in the trial of a phar­ma­cist ac­cused of mur­der­ing his wife has heard of a deleted in­ter­net search re­lat­ing to giv­ing some­one a “huge over­dose of in­sulin”.

Mitesh Pa­tel, 37, is ac­cused of stran­gling his wife, Jes­sica, so he could start a new life with his male lover in Aus­tralia with a £2mil­lion life in­sur­ance pay-out.

He claimed to have found he 34-year-old on the floor in their home in The Av­enue, Linthorpe, Mid­dles­brough, and is ac­cused of stag­ing a break-in to make it look like an in­truder had killed her.

Pa­tel de­nies mur­der­ing his wife, who was killed on May 14.

Teesside Crown Court has heard that, af­ter the mur­der of his wife, sy­ringes con­tain­ing in­sulin were found in the de­fen­dant’s lap­top bag.

The jury was told that, two months ear­lier, searches were made on an iPhone be­long­ing to Pa­tel, and sub­se­quently de- leted but they were re­cov­ered by po­lice.

They in­cluded the phrases “Can 3ml of in­sulin kill me”, “Would it be painful to die from an in­sulin over­dose” and “Can in­ject­ing a huge over­dose of in­sulin kill a healthy per­son”.

Ju­rors have heard that Mitesh Pa­tel was in a se­cret re­la­tion­ship with Amit Pa­tel, a doc­tor who em­i­grated to Sydney, Aus­tralia.

Ten days be­fore Mrs Pa­tel’s mur­der, her hus­band sent Amit Pa­tel an iMes­sage say­ing: “You know this plan. Do you think it will suc­ceed?”

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

Mitesh Pa­tel then wrote: “Do you think it’s a bad plan?”

The jury was also read mes­sages be­tween the mar­ried cou­ple in July 2017 in which they dis­cussed pay­ing for IVF treat­ment, but af­ter she had seen images and texts on his phone which he dis­missed as “ban­ter”.

Mrs Pa­tel said hav­ing her own fam­ily was her dream, but she was con­cerned that it was not the right time to have the treat­ment, given what she had seen.

Her hus­band wrote: “I think you are mad, you can for­give me but I won’t for­give you for this.”

He later added: “I’m be­ing hon­est with you, the only per­son I want and have wanted is you.”

Ju­rors have been told that the de­fen­dant used the Grindr gay dat­ing app to ar­range sex­ual en­coun­ters with men.

Ear­lier this year, one Grindr user con­tacted Pa­tel say­ing his pro­file on the app was wrong as he claimed to be sin­gle.

The jury heard the user told Pa­tel he had read a news­pa­per ar­ti­cle about him own­ing a phar­macy with his wife.

The court has been told Mrs Pa­tel was stran­gled with a Tesco bag and there was no in­di­ca­tion of an in­sulin over­dose.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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