Friday 20 April 2018

Killer gets 30 years for student's murder

Jonathan Brown in Manchester

A judge apologised to the parents of a murdered Indian student for the loss of their son as he sentenced the killer to a minimum of 30 years in jail.

Mr Justice King said Kiaran Stapleton, who shot dead Anuj Bidve (23) in a motiveless attack in Salford on St Stephen's Day, acted with "cold-blooded, controlled aggression".

He said he hoped the Bidve family, from Pune, would accept that "this dreadful killing was the act of a single individual who is not representative of the wider community".

Judge King said Stapleton (21) had conducted himself with the "most callous disregard", laughing and smirking his way through a month-long trial at Manchester Crown Court.

Mr Bidve was with friends heading to sales in Manchester when he was shot. The gunman celebrated his new-found status as a killer by having a teardrop tattooed on his face. He admitted manslaughter but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility. (©Independent News Service)

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