A gay pharmacist who strangled his wife showed her no mercy as she fought for her life, her sister told a court.

Mitesh Patel, 37, injected Jessica Patel with insulin to subdue then choked her with a Tesco bag at her Middlesbrough home in May.

Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday. He was plotted to kill her for years and wanted to start a new life in Australia with his boyfriend and a £ 2 million insurance payout.

Jessica Patel
Jessica Patel (Cleveland Police / PA)

The victim's younger sister Divya read a statement on behalf of the victim's sisters and close cousin's ahead of the sentence, saying, "The one thing we hope for, and one that does not suffer.

"The cruel reality is that they did not suffer in fact, they knew exactly who they were killer was, and he mercilessly ignored their attempts to fight for their own lives as he ended it.

"We can only imagine the fear and panic they must have. Thinking of that moment makes our hearts so heavy. "

Ms Patel So, get her brother-in-law in the dock, saying: "We do not just pray, we know, she wants to be free from you for ever. As she wants rest in heaven, she wants red in hell. "

She added: "Only Mitesh himself can truly answer why he did this. Everything he has done has been purely for selfish reasons. He could've divorced forth, taken everything he wanted – he did not need to take his life, he had no right to take this evil, cruel and malicious step. "

Mitesh Patel, pictured leaving home (Cleveland Police / PA)

A statement from Ms. Patel's grandmother Jai Shri Krishna what read, including the observation: "I did not make any mistake, did you make that big a punishment?

"He could have divorced her and with happiness we would have welcomed her back and kept her safe with our love."

Her father Jayantilal Patel's statement said he recalled seeing a movie where a character's son was murdered.

Mr Patel said, "I still remember him saying, there's nothing more heavy than carrying your own child's coffin.

"It's very true, I have felt that weight."

The couple, from West Yorkshire, owned and ran a successful pharmacy in Middlesbrough, but their marriage was unhappy.

Jessica Patel
Jessica Patel pictured returning home (Cleveland Police / PA)

He was regularly unfaithful with his girlfriend.

Mrs Patel underwent three courses of IVF and last cycle in three embryos being created, but they were murdered before they could be implanted.

Patel denied murder, claiming intruder must have been responsible for the killing, but his original alibi he had gone for a walk the night he had killed her, and the prosecution portrayed him as a serial liar and fantasist.

Mr Justice Goss has warned Patel he will not be freed for many years to come and will pass sentence later on Wednesday.