Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Killer Pharmacist Is Now Struck off; Body Acts after Man Is Jailed for Murder of His Wife

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Killer Pharmacist Is Now Struck off; Body Acts after Man Is Jailed for Murder of His Wife

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Byline: MIKE BROWN mike.brown@reachplc.com @MIKEBROWNGAZ

MURDERER Mitesh Patel has been struck off the pharmacists' register.

The 37-year-old killed his wife Jessica at their Linthorpe home last May - then staged a burglary and lied to police to try to cover his tracks.

A trial heard Mitesh - who stood to make PS2m from Jessica's life insurance policy - had cheated on her with men and planned to emigrate to Australia with his "soulmate" Amit Patel.

He and Jessica had run the Roman Road Pharmacy in Linthorpe since 2015.

After he was locked up for at least 30 years by Mr Justice James Goss QC last December, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) suspended Patel's registration.

As the suspension period only lasts for six months, it was renewed earlier this year ahead of a full fitness-to-practise hearing, which was held at the GPhC's offices at Canary Wharf in London, on Monday. At the hearing, a committee found Patel's fitness to practise is "impaired".

"The Fitness to Practise Committee directed that Mr Patel's name should be removed from the Register," said a statement from the GPhC.

As is normal procedure, any pharmacy professional sanctioned by a committee has 28 days to lodge an appeal at the High Court.

A further interim suspension has been put in place on Patel, who is now held at HMP Frankland and was unrepresented at the hearing.

But if no appeal is made he will be struck off at the end of the 28 days.

A member of the public who attended the hearing told The Gazette the fitness-to-practise panel considered that the seriousness of the crime, Patel's lack of remorse, and the fact he stood to gain financially from the murder meant Patel was "completely unworthy of being a pharmacist".

Patel had been in trouble with the GPhC before.

The Gazette revealed last year that he had been issued a warning in 2016 after an investigation found he'd incorrectly stored the heroin substitute Methadone on a shelf in the pharmacy, when it should have been stored in a locked controlled drugs cabinet. …

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