The Salford killer of Indian student Anuj Bidve has been found guilty of his murder at Manchester Crown Court.
Kiaran Stapleton, 21, from Ordsall, Salford, admitted killing Mr Bidve, a complete stranger to him, in the early hours of Boxing Day last year, but denied murder.
However the jury returned the verdict of guilty only moments ago.
Anuj Bidve’s father bowed his head as the verdict was read and his mother wept. Two police officers also cried openly at the news.
Stapleton remained impassive during the verdict and showed no emotion.
After the verdict, the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West, Nazir Afzal, expressed his sympathy for the parents.
“My thoughts and sympathies are very much with them,” he said.
“Anuj Bidve’s murder in the early hours of Boxing day last year was a terrible crime which shocked and appalled us all.
“It’s all the more tragic because it was completely senseless.”
Anuj’s family are planning to lay flowers at the scene of his murder this evening.
The court resumes for sentencing tomorrow at 11am.
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