Anuj Bidve murder trial: Salford killer shot victim ‘only because he had biggest head’, court hears

By Mary Maguire

A gunman who killed Anuj Bidve chose his victim ‘only because he had the biggest head’, Manchester Crown Court heard during a murder trial yesterday.

Kiaran Stapleton, 21, of Ordsall, is on trial for the murder of the Indian student and while in prison he threw a bucket of hot sugared water over a man and carried out an assault using billiard balls in a sock.

The jury heard how Stapleton – who admitted to shooting Mr Bidve on Boxing Day last year – chose his victim ‘because he had the biggest head’.

Prosecution expert Dr Adrian West asked Stapleton why he singled out Mr Bidve while he was among a group of friends

He said: “[Stapleton] replied, ‘only because he had the biggest head’.”

Dr West said Stapleton added “I blew a hole in his head. There is nothing I can say, nothing whatsoever.

“They should have got a taxi. Things would have been different if they had got a taxi.”

Mr Bidve was cutting through Ordsall Lane, Salford with friends on the way to Boxing Day sales when he was approached by the defendant and shot.

The weapon has not been recovered.

Dr West questioned the reliability of personality trait tests which depend solely on answers given by the subject.

He said that there was a risk posed by their accuracy and honesty ‘if certain outcomes are

dependent on the results of those tests’.

Dr West said there was some discrepancy between the findings from self-reported assessments of Stapleton’s personality traits and ‘what he is doing in the the real world”.

The forensic clinical psychologist explained that test results which conflicted with evidence from

interviews and witness statements should be queried further.

Stapleton, he told the court, was capable of planning.

The defendant was asked by the psychologist about an incident where he had scalded another inmate and then attacked him with billiard balls in a sock.

He said: “I poured the mop bucket over someone’s head – a full bucket of boiling water with sugar in it over an inmate’s head.”

“I was in the shower, came out of the shower, seen him sat down and I just went and done what I done,” the defendant told Dr West.

He described the time between the decision to act and the attack itself as no more than 60 seconds.

Having later seen CCTV footage of the incident, Dr West described how Stapleton appeared to take his time going from one landing to the next, talked to two other inmates playing pool and put billiard balls in a sock before attacking inmate Michael Sharp.

The psychologist told the court Stapleton later said it was his intention to kill Sharp.

Dr West said: “I saw his behaviour as purposeful and instrumental: that is, it had a predetermined goal of causing deliberate harm.”

The case continues, today.

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