Parents of Anuj Bidve giving their reaction after today's verdict

Full statement from Anuj Bidve's family

The parents of Anuj Bidve has spoken outside court. His father said that in the blink of an eye Kiaran Stapleton took away Anuj's dreams.

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Stapleton found guilty of Anuj Bidve's murder

by Clare Fallon

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.

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

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

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