Jury finds Stapleton guilty of Anuj Bidve's murder

A killer who called himself 'Psycho' has been found guilty of murdering an Indian student at random.

Kiaran Stapleton walked up to stranger Anuj Bidve, 23, in the street in Salford, Greater Manchester, and shot him in the head at point blank range on Boxing Day last year.

Stapleton, 21 had admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but a jury at Manchester Crown Court rejected that argument and convicted him of murder.

Anuj Bidve Credit: ITV Granada

Anuj Bidve's goal was to complete his course in micro-electronics at Lancaster University and then return home to India to "serve his nation".

Described as "sporty" and "clever" and an avid Manchester United fan, Mr Bidve, 23, had graduated with an electronics degree from his home town university in Pune.

Stapleton had a factory job at a local design firm making promotional flags and banners but was already known to the police for relatively minor crimes.

Kiaran Stapleton has been found guilty of murdering an Indian student at random. Credit: ITV Granada

He received his first warning at the age of 12 and was hauled before the courts again two years later.

In June 2010 at Manchester Crown Court he was given a 12-month community order, with a 40-hour unpaid work requirement, after pleading guilty to a non-dwelling burglary with intent to steal.

Five months before shooting Mr Bidve at point-blank range, Stapleton assaulted a motorist in an unprovoked road rage incident.

Before the verdict was announced, Stapleton, wearing a grey Adidas tracksuit, jogged up the steps to the dock from the cells.

He looked around the courtroom and grinned before the jury foreman stood up.

Sentencing will take place tomorrow.