Mitesh Patel is standing trial accused of wife Jessica’s murder The husband of an alleged murder victim was unfaithful to his wife – having met men for sexual intercourse.
Mitesh Patel, 37, is due to stand trial accused of the murder of his wife Jessica Patel, with whom he ran a pharmacy in Roman Road, Linthorpe.
The 34-year-old was found dead at their home in The Avenue on May 14.
A potential jury at Teesside Crown Court was brought into the court room to hear details of the case from the High Court Judge, Mr Justice Goss.
During a short speech he told the courtroom that Patel had been cheating on his wife with men he had met on the internet site Grindr.
He said: “This case concerns the circumstances surrounding the death of Jessica Patel in her home in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, on May 14 of this year.
“Her husband Mitesh Patel, who is the gentleman in the suit sitting there in the dock, is charged with her murder.
“Both of them worked as pharmacists and owned and ran the pharmacy on Roman Road, Linthorpe.
“It is agreed that during the course of the marriage, the defendant Mitesh Patel had been unfaithful to his wife, including having met men for sexual intercourse.
“Some of them he met using a social networking site called Grindr.”