Updated: Monday, 19th August 2019 @ 10:17am

Life: 'Boastful' Salford killer Kiaran Stapleton gets minimum of 30 years for murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve

Life: 'Boastful' Salford killer Kiaran Stapleton gets minimum of 30 years for murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve

By Mancunian Matters staff

The killer of Indian student Anuj Bidve was sentenced to life imprisonment today.

Kiaran Stapleton, 21, of Ordsall, was given a life sentence, with a minimum of 30 years, for walking up to the stranger and shooting him in the head at point blank range on Boxing Day last year.

Stapleton had admitted to manslaughter on the grounds of diminshed responsibility for the killing in Salford.

However a jury rejected this argument and convicted him of murder at Manchester Crown Court yesterday.

When the verdict was read yesterday, Stapleton showed no emotion however Anuj's father bowed his head and his mother wept.

Mr Justice King said: "In my judgment, this was no impulsive act on your part. It was a piece of cold-blooded controlled aggression."

And it has since emerged that Stapleton was on BAIL for an alleged road rage incident at the time of the shooting.

Following the verdict yesterday, Anuj's father Subhash Bidve read a statement outside the court.

He said: "Stapleton, in the blink of an eye, and the time it took a bullet to leave the gun he was holding, turned Anuj’s hopes and dreams into our living and continuous nightmare."

He went on to talk emotionally of the way Stapleton conducted himself during the trial.

"Whilst giving his evidence in this trial Stapleton grinned, smiled and openly laughed at the memory of our son and at one stage looked towards the jury and pointed to his face saying, 'Look at this face. Does it look bothered?'" he said.

"Last Wednesday, 18th July 2012, was Anuj’s 24th birthday. Instead of celebrating his birthday we left our accommodation here in Manchester and travelled in silence to Ordsall Lane."

Mr Justice King went on to say following the sentence: "You have behaved in a way demonstrating that you are positively boastful about having killed Mr Bidve."

Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle said today: ”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.

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

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