Health data from the iPhones of both the murderer and his victim provided evidence that helped convict the killer. A pharmacist in the United Kingdom murdered his wife and then attempted to make it look as if intruders had broken into the couple’s home and killed the wife.
However, the health data stored on the iPhones used by Mitesh Patel and his wife, Jessica, helped expose Patel’s dastardly deed.
Patel’s deception was uncovered after police examined the iPhone health app, which tracks the user’s steps throughout the day, on his and his wife’s phones.
In the minutes that followed Jessica’s death, Patel’s phone monitored frantic activity, racing around the house as he staged the burglary and running up and down the stairs. Jessica’s health app remained still until after her death when it recorded a movement of 14 paces as her husband took the iPhone from her body and deposited it outside to make it look as though the “burglar” had dropped it as he left.
The pharmacist murdered his wife so he could start a new life with his boyfriend. Patel stood to receive £2M ($2.5M) from a life insurance policy.
The jury took two hours and 50 minutes to convict Patel.
Patel, showed no emotion as Mr Justice James Goss told him: “You are a selfish man, business-driven, wanting a very successful life and wishing to retire at 40.
“You were also wanting to commit to a life with another man on your own terms and you well knew that insurance policies would realise £2m on Jessica’s death.”
He said that a 30-year minimum term was reserved for only cases where the seriousness of the offence is “particularly severe”. He added: “This is such a case.”