Indian-Origin Woman Found Dead in UK was Murdered by Gay Husband

first_imgAn Indian-origin woman, who was found dead at her home in Middlesbrough, UK in May this year, was killed by her husband, who wanted to go to Australia to start a fresh life with his boyfriend.According to a report in PTI, on Dec.3, Mitesh Patel, 37, was found guilty of murdering his wife 34-year-old wife Jessica Patel. Mitesh had strangulated her with a supermarket plastic bag.Mitesh had earlier denied killing his wife and even ransacked the home to make it look like a burglary incident has taken place. He will be sentenced on Dec.5.During the trial, Teesside Crown Court was told that Mitesh had been planning to go to Australia to live with his lover Dr. Amit Patel, whom he met on a dating app Grindr. For starting a new life, he had also planned to claim a € 2 million payout, reported BBC.The court also heard that Mitesh’s internet searches dating back years included “I need to kill my wife,” “insulin overdose,” “plot to kill my wife, do I need a co-conspirator?,” “hiring hitman UK” and “how much methadone will kill you?,” said the report.Jessica’s family has issued a statement while saying that they have been devastated by her death.PTI quoted her family as saying, “She had simple dreams, all she ever wanted was to fall in love, have a family of her own and live happily ever after. The man we welcomed into our family, who promised to look after and protect her, betrayed her in every sense of the word, cheating her of her dreams, robbing her of her life and robbing us of her.”Jessica and Mitesh came to know each other while studying at a university in Manchester. Related Itemslast_img read more

Petitions drive oil terminal comments

first_imgAs state officials begin to review more than 31,000 comments on a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, the task may not be as daunting as it sounds.That’s because thousands of those comments are identical — form letters copied word for word, with only the name on the bottom changed. Of the comments released by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council so far, the vast majority are from outside Vancouver. An avalanche of names came from all over the country, most opposed.The tactic isn’t new. Form letters and online petitions are one way well-organized environmental groups have mobilized their supporters in huge numbers against fossil fuel projects in the Northwest and elsewhere. A planned coal export facility in Longview generated more than 200,000 comments earlier this year.A major player in both efforts was the Sierra Club, a national advocacy group with offices in Portland. Field organizer Laura Stevens said about 5,400 people from Washington and Oregon used the organization’s petition to submit their comments on the oil terminal. But she dismissed the notion that duplicated comments take anything away from their value.“These are people that agree. That’s what matters,” Stevens said. “If it’s a little bit easier for someone to participate in that process, I think that’s a good thing.”last_img read more

Chris Luna Uses Carrots and Sticks to Push for Law Firm Diversity

first_img Username Chris Luna, chief counsel at MetroPCS, has been a fixture in Dallas business and public life. He is an outspoken proponent of diversity in both the legal profession and the businesses they serve. His legal department is a finalist in the Outstanding Corporate Counsel Awards. Find out why in The Texas Lawyer.You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Password Remember mecenter_img Lost your password? Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img