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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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Ordsall community fights to change its image

The Ordsall estate in Salford where Anuj Bidve was murdered has a history of violence.

Riots broke out there as far back as 1992, when police and firefighters were shot at following 18 months of trouble.

But since then members of the Ordsall community have fought to change its image, working with police and other groups to tackle gun crime.

Statement from Anuj Bidve's university in Lancaster

Lancaster University has set up an annual Anuj Bidve Memorial Scholarship, which will fund a student graduating from the University of Pune to come to Lancaster University to study an MSc in the Engineering Department.

“We will remember Anuj Bidve as an outstanding student at the very beginning of a promising career. His family have suffered a terrible and lasting loss and our deepest sympathies are extended to them."

– Lancaster University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith

“Anuj was a pleasure to teach. His enthusiasm and attention to detail was part of what makes teaching in a university environment such an enjoyable experience. I will greatly miss Anuj as will my fellow academic colleagues and PhD students.”

– Professor Andrew Richardson, from the Engineering Department

MP Keith Vaz welcomes Stapleton guilty verdict

MP Keith Vaz, who has supported the Bidve family throughout following the shooting, welcomed the verdict.

He said: "Justice has been done. The Bidve family have shown great dignity throughout this sad time.

"The trial has been painful for them and I hope this verdict will allow them to rebuild their lives without their beloved son Anuj.

– Keith Vaz MP
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