Man accused of murdering wife ‘had met men for sex using dating app Grindr’
A man accused of murdering his wife had met several men for sex using the social networking site Grindr, a court heard.
Mitesh Patel, 37, has gone on trial today charged with the murder of Jessica Patel, 34.
He denies murdering his wife at their semi-detached home in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, where she died in May after suffering serious injuries.
A judge today told a court that during the course of the couple’s marriage, the defendant had been unfaithful.
Mr Justice James Goss QC told Teesside Crown Court Patel had met men for sexual intercourse, Teesside Live reports.
He told potential jurors today: “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.”
The jury was then sworn in for the murder trial.
A jury of six men and six women was told that Mitesh Patel has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Jessica Patel, also known as Jess, on May 14.
Patel and his wife both worked as pharmacists and owned a pharmacy together in Linthorpe.
Police activity in following days after Mrs Patel’s death centred on the area around the couple’s home.
Mrs Patel was described as a “kind-hearted, gentle and selfless person who was loved dearly by her family and friends”.
High Court judge Mr Justice James Goss QC will oversee the trial, expected to last more than three weeks, at Teesside Crown Court.
Prosecutor Nicholas Campbell QC will open the Crown’s case to the jury on Thursday.
The case has been adjourned until then.