A senior British politician expressed concern today regarding Kiaran Stapleton’s appeal against the length of his sentence.
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz also questioned his prison conditions at HMP Full Sutton.
Stapleton claimed he could do 30 years ‘standing on his head’, The Sun revealed one of his letters read earlier this week.
Mr Vaz, Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, said: “Although I am disappointed that Mr Stapleton has decided to appeal against his sentence, I am hopeful that no concession will be granted because of the unprovoked and brutal nature of this crime.
“I am concerned however that the Bidve family will have to undergo more heartbreak whilst they anxiously await the Judge’s decision.”
In a letter to Paul Foweather, Governor of HMP Full Sutton, where Stapleton is currently serving his sentence, Mr Vaz wrote:
“I was disappointed to read of Mr Stapleton’s recent boasts about his living conditions at HMP Full Sutton. He has been convicted of the brutal and unprovoked murder of the promising Indian student Anuj Bidve.
“We need to send the right message to would-be criminals.”
The letter, sent on October 17, requests clarifications about Stapleton’s ‘cell arrangements’ and his access to ‘supplementary benefits such as satellite television or the internet’.
Stapleton, 21, of Salford, shot dead the 23-year-old Indian student Anuj Bidve in Salford on Boxing Day last year.
Mr Bidve, student at Lancaster University, was visiting Manchester for the holidays and was walking with friends on Ordsall Lane when the shooting happened.
Stapleton, arrested three days after the incident, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denied murdering the student
After a month-long trial at Manchester Crown Court in July, Stapleton was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years.
The judge at the trial said Stapleton would only be released after 30 years if a parole board review found he no longer posed a risk to the public. Even then he would be on life licence and could be recalled to prison any time
The appeal against Stapleton’s life sentence was heard on October 10 by a panel of five Court of Appeal Judges including Lord Justice Leveson. A decision whether to reduce his life sentence was reserved to another date yet to be fixed.
Police have never found the weapon used to kill Mr Bidve and have never established a motive for the attack by Stapleton who was 19 years old at that time.