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'Psycho' killer loses appeal

Kiaran Stapleton

A man who referred to himself as 'Psycho' Stapleton in court has lost his appeal for a shorter jail term.

Judges at the Court of Appeal in London were asked to reduce the 30-year minimum term imposed on Kiaran Stapleton, 21, who was jailed for life after he "executed" a stranger in Salford.

Kiaran Stapleton, 21, shot Indian student Anuj Bidve, 23, at point-blank range.


Anuj Bidve's killer to argue against murder sentence

Kiaran Stapleton was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 30 years Credit: ITV Granada

Kiaran Stapleton, the man who murdered Indian student Anuj Bidve in Salford, will appear in court today to argue his sentence is too harsh.

Stapleton shot Anuj in the neck while the student was out walking with friends on Boxing Day last year.

He was convicted of murder and jailed for life, with a minimum term of 30 years.

During the sentencing hearing in Manchester, Mr Justice King said Stapleton had committed a "truly wicked act" and was a "highly dangerous man" who posed a high risk of serious harm to other people.

Stapleton's appeal hearing will be at the Court of Appeal. He will appear in court via video link.


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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