An Englishman is set to spend at least 30 years in jail for murdering his wife then trying to cover the killing up with a burglary in order to run-off with his gay lover halfway across the world.
Prosecutors said pharmacist Mitesh Patel, 37, had planned to collect a £2 million ($2.5 million) life insurance policy on his wife, Jessica Patel, 34, and then move to Australia to start a new life with his lover, Dr. Amit Patel, according to the BBC.
Mitesh Patel killed his wife on May 14 by injecting her with insulin and then suffocating her upon her return from work. He then tied her body up and staged a robbery, calmly calling 999 — the UK’s version of 911 — afterward.
"Oh hiya, I think we've been burgled and my wife's been attacked," he said in the call, the recording of which was obtained by The Sun.
Mitesh Patel claimed he had been out for about an hour and returned to find his wife tied up and unconscious and their house ransacked.
Police discovered the burglary story was an elaborate ruse after they looked at Mitesh Patel's iPhone Health app, which recorded his frantic movements in the moments after the murder, in which he ran up and down the stairs while ransacking the house to make it seem as if the crooks were responsible for killing his wife, the Guardian reports.
Additionally, Mitesh Patel was found to have also searched the internet for information on both strangulation and the effects of insulin.
As he was sentenced, Justice James Goss called the pharmacist selfish, needy and callous.
"You have no remorse for your actions. Any pity you have is for yourself," he said, according to the BBC.
He added that Jessica Patel had "clearly loved" her husband had simply wanted "to have children and live a normal family life" before she was killed.
While she was the dutiful wife for nine years, her husband had reportedly been having casual sex with men he met on the dating app Grindr before falling in love with his Aussie beau, according to the Guardian.
Jessica Patel had apparently been aware of her husband’s infidelity but still agreed to try to have a child with him through in vitro fertilization.
Mitesh Patel planned to use three frozen embryos the couple had stored to start his own family with his lover, whom he believed was his "soul mate," The Sun reports.
At Mitesh Patel's sentencing, Jessica's sister, Divya Patel, read a statement describing her brother-in-law’s actions as “evil, cruel and malicious.”
"The one thing we hope and prayed for above anything else was that in her final moments she did not suffer," she said, according to the Guardian. "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."
She went on to say the family can now only imagine the "fear and panic" she felt in the final moments of her life.
"Thinking of that moment makes our hearts so heavy," she said.
Divya Patel returned her attention to Mitesh Patel, questioning why he didn't just get a divorce if he was unhappy in the relationship.
"We do not just pray, we know, she will be free from you forever. As will she rest in heaven, you will rot in hell," she said, according to the BBC.
It took a jury only two hours and 50 minutes to convict Mitesh Patel Tuesday following the three-week trial.
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