A PHARMACIST accused of murdering his wife attempted to search the dark web for hitmen and guns in the months before she died, a court has heard.
Mitesh Patel was shown how to view parts of the internet that are usually not normally accessible by a colleague at the pharmacy, which he owned with his wife Jessica.
Mrs Patel died at their home in Middlesbrough in May after being strangled and suffocated.
A jury at Teesside Crown Court heard today how Mr Patel had been told about the dark web by Sam Hornby, 17, who worked at the pharmacy part time.
Mr Hornby said Mr Patel had appeared interested and he also believed he took notes about how he could access the site at home.
The court heard the pair had found a page which brought up “things you wouldn’t normally find”, including guns, drugs, illegal movies and hitmen.
However, the only link they clicked on which brought up any results was a link for counterfeit money.
Mr Hornby said: “I just sort of did it, then we just looked through the links and scrolled through the page.
“I didn’t think it could lead to anything bad. It’s just something that I found interesting.
“When people watch documentaries about crime or murders, they just find it interesting.”
On a second occasion, Mr Hornby had again shown Mr Patel how to access the dark web, and the accused searches for insulin and suicide, but found no results.
The court also heard how Mr Patel’s use of dating apps had been “the worst kept secret in the pharmacy” and “everyone knew what he was up to apart from Jess”.
Mr Patel denies murder.
The trial continues.