Saturday, 2 June 2012

Man admits killing Indian student Anuj Bidve

A self-proclaimed 'psycho' has admitted to killing Indian student Anuj Bidve who was shot dead in Manchester on Boxing Day last year.

Kiaran Stapleton, 21, pleaded not guilty to the murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility when he appeared at Manchester Crown Court on June 1.

He had earlier given his name as "Psycho Stapleton" to the court.

Mr Bidve, 23, an Electrical Engineering post-grad at Lancaster University had been visiting Manchester with a group of friends.

He suffered horrendous injuries to his face and head after being shot at close range as the friends made their way to a Boxing Day sale in the early hour of the morning.
Mr Bidve later died in hospital.

Members of the local community held a candlelit vigil in the aftermath of the killing and there were peace rallies in New Delhi and Pune, Mr Bidve's hometown.

His parents, Subhash - a former IAF pilot - and Yogini - a businesswoman - travelled from India to visit the spot he died.

They were present in court when Stapleton entered his plea, describing the experience as "emotional and very difficult".

- UKAsian Staff

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