Pharmacist accused of murdering wife was having affairs on Grindr court hears

His words came as jurors were being selected from a larger panel before Nicholas Campbell, QC, opens the case.Mr Justice Goss further told jurors: “It is agreed that to seek to ensure your objectivity as jurors that if you frequented the Roman Road Pharmacy over the last seven years, or you have used the Grindr app at any time over the same period, you should be excused from sitting in this case.”If either of these apply you should not be considered to be available for selection.”The trial is expected to get underway with a full opening of the case on Thursday morning. Jessica’s murder shocked the suburb of Linthorpe where she and her husband lived on The Avenue, a short walk from their work.The pair ran the pharmacy together and married after they had first met at university.At the time of her death Jessica’s family paid tribute to her in a statement saying: “We have lost Jessica, a kind-hearted, gentle and selfless person who was loved dearly by her family and friends.“She was completely dedicated to all of her family and her loss has brought an unbearable pain.” The couple’s home (pictured, right)Credit:Ian Cooper/Evening Gazette The couple's home (pictured, right) “Some of them he met using the social networking site called Grindr.” Mr Patel denies the murder. At a previous hearing his barrister Toby Hedworth, QC,  “It is denied that he had anything to do with the killing.”The hearing resumes later this week. A pharmacist accused of murdering his wife had been cheating on her with men he met on the Grindr dating app, a court has been told.Mitesh Patel, 37, is accused of killing wife Jessica, 34, at their large Victorian home in the leafy suburb of Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, on May 14 this year.Her body was found at 8.20pm that day at the house, and a murder enquiry was launched by Cleveland Police.At the beginning of his trial potential jurors were addressed by the trial judge Mr Justice James Goss. He told them Mr Patel’s infidelity was an accepted part of the case by both sides. He also told them that if they had used or did use the Grindr dating up, which used mostly by gay men, that they would be excused from jury service.Mr Justice Goss told the jurors at Teesside Crown Court: “The death of Jessica Patel happened in her home on May 14th this year and her husband Mitesh Patel, the gentleman sitting in the dock, is charged with her murder.   “Both of them worked as pharmacists at the pharmacy on Roman Road in 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. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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