'Killer' teardrop tattoo marks death of goldfish

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A killer who shot an Indian student in Salford has been accused of mocking his trial with a remark about his goldfish.

21 year old Kiaran Stapleton, of Regent Square, Ordsall, claims a "killer" teardrop tattoo he had inked on his face was not referring to the Boxing Day shooting but the death of the fish.

He told a jury at Manchester Crown Court that he did not want to discuss the goldfish because he might receive "animal cruelty" letters in prison.

On Boxing day Stapleton, walked up to Indian student Anuj Bidve, 23, and his friends in the street in Ordsall, asked them the time and without warning fired one shot to his victim's head.

Kiaran Stapleton

Under cross-examination he was asked by Brian Cummings QC why he decided to get the tattoo two days after the killing.

He explained he knew that it had several meanings, including signifying the wearer had killed someone, and that he told staff at the tattoo shop that he had killed his goldfish.

He maintained that was the reason but then told the prosecutor he did not wish to talk further about the goldfish. "I don't wish to discuss that," he said. "I might have animal cruelty sending letters to me at HMP Manchester."

Mr Cummings asked: "Are you being serious or are you making fun of the proceedings?", to which he replied "No, no, I'm being serious."

Stapleton admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murder of the complete stranger.