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'Psycho' guilty of student's murder
A laughing, smirking murderer who walked up to a complete stranger and shot him dead should never be released from prison, the victim's father has said.
Kiaran "Psycho" Stapleton faces a lengthy spell in prison when he is sentenced on Friday for the murder of Indian microelectronics student Anuj Bidve, 23, in Salford, Greater Manchester, on Boxing Day last year.
Stapleton, 21, was seen by witnesses to laugh as he stood over the body of his victim before running off. He also found amusement in police interviews over the murder and regularly grinned and laughed throughout his five-week murder trial at Manchester Crown Court.
Mr Bidve's father, Subhash, said the antics of Stapleton "openly laughed at the memory of our son". He added: "Our son, Anuj, was the kindest and most genuine person on this earth. He knew the difference between right and wrong and lived his life the right way. Kiaran Stapleton is the complete opposite and yet he is the one who is still alive and our son is dead.
"He should not in fact be released from prison because he may do something again. That is what he said (himself)."
Stapleton admitted killing Mr Bidve on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denied murder but a jury took barely more than two hours to reject that argument.
Mr Bidve was visiting Manchester with a group of friends from Lancaster University last Christmas. They left their hotel in the early hours of Boxing Day to queue early for the sales when their paths crossed with Stapleton's.
He calmly walked across the road and repeatedly asked for the time. When someone finally answered he pulled a handgun out of his pocket and fired one shot to Mr Bidve's left temple.
Speaking ahead of sentencing, Mr Justice King pointed out that, whatever sentence he imposes, Stapleton would only be released if he was considered to no longer pose a danger to the public. "That may not ever happen," he added.
Sentencing takes place at Manchester Crown Court on Friday.