A British pharmacist has faced court charged with the murder of his wife, also a pharmacist
Jessica Patel was found with serious injuries in her home in Linthorpe and was pronounced dead at the scene, Cleveland police said.
Police went to the Roman Road Pharmacy in Middlesborough, where she worked with her husband, Mitesh, and according to the Gazette Live removed evidence from the area.
Cleveland Police later released a statement saying that they had “charged a 36-year-old man with the murder of 34-year-old Jessica Patel”.
Teesside Magistrates Court told UK pharmacy publication Chemist + Druggist that Mitesh Patel had appeared at a preliminary hearing on Saturday 19 May, charged with his wife’s murder.
On May 22 he fronted Teesside Magistrates Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing. He entered no plea and was remanded in custody.
Tributes have flowed towards Ms Patel, with detective superintendent Tariq Ali telling C+D that “We know that Jessica was a well-liked and well-respected member of the local community, and that a lot of people knew her from working at the pharmacy.”
One local told the Gazette Live that she “knew you by name when you went in [to the pharmacy]”.
Ms Patel’s family released a statement saying that she was “kind-hearted, gentle and selfless” and “completely dedicated” to her family.