Anuj Bidve murder trial

Kiaran Stapleton has been found guilty of murdering Indian student Anuj Bidve in Salford last year.

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Chief Superintendent : "Anuj’s family have got the verdict they deserved"

Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle said: ”Anuj’s family have got the verdict they deserved. I have spoken to the family and while they remain grief stricken that nothing can bring Anuj back, they are very pleased Stapleton will not even be eligible for parole until he is in his fifties.

"On behalf of myself and all my team, I would like to pay tribute to the dignity that Anuj’s family have shown. They have had to sit through five weeks of harrowing evidence but at least today they have seen justice done.

“ The judge labelled Stapleton’s actions a truly wicked act and that is exactly what it was."

“Our thoughts remain with Anuj’s family as they fly back to India and try to rebuild their lives after the senseless loss of their son.”

– Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle

Self titled 'Psycho' Stapleton to be sentenced for Boxing Day shooting

A killer who called himself 'Psycho' will be sentenced today after he was found guilty of murdering an Indian student in Salford.

Kiaran Stapleton walked up to stranger Anuj Bidve, 23, in the street in Ordsall and shot him in the head at point blank range.

Before the verdict was read out Stapleton, jogged up the steps to the dock from the cells and grinned. He stared straight ahead as the verdict was announced.


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Stapleton found guilty of Anuj Bidve's murder

The parents of Anuj Bidve, the Indian student murdered by Kiaran Stapleton, says his killer has got what he deserved.

23-year-old Anuj was shot at random by Stapleton on Boxing Day as he was walking through Salford with a group of friends.

A jury at Manchester Crown Court found him guilty of murder.

During the trial he displayed no remorse, saying he shot Anuj because he had the biggest head of the group and that he should have taken a taxi that night instead.

It took a jury at Manchester Crown Court less than 2 and a half hours to convict Stapleton.

Pictures taken by Stapleton after Bidve murder

Kiaran Stapleton took a number of photos on his mobile phone after killing Anuj Bidve in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Stapleton in his dressing gown in the Campanile Hotel, Manchester Credit: Greater Manchester Police
Stapleton shopping in the Spinningfields area of Manchester Credit: Greater Manchester Police
Stapleton with his distinctive tattoo Credit: Greater Manchester Police
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