The man who murdered Indian student Anuj Bidve in Manchester on Boxing Day 2011 has been jailed for life.
21-year-old Kiaran Stapleton was found guilty at Manchester Crown Court Thursday following a trial which lasted more than a month.
Stapleton was told he faces a minimum of 30 years in prison for the “motiveless” killing of the Lancaster University engineering student.
Stapleton had told magistrates earlier that his name was “Psycho Stapleton”.
Mr Justice King at Manchester Crown Court described the murder as a “truly wicket act” and said Stapleton was a “highly dangerous man”.
He said Stapleton had showed a “most callous disregard” in laughing and smirking after he gunned down Mr Bidve and also during the trial.
He was smiling as he came into court for the
verdict and beamed towards a family member as he was led from the dock.
Following the verdict, Mr Bidve’s father Subhash said Stapleton had “openly laughed at the memory of our son”.
Stapleton told one psychologist in prison he picked out his victim because “he had the biggest head”, the court heard.
The day after the murder, the court learned, he visited a tattoo parlour to get a teardrop design etched just below his right eye: a symbol used by gamgs to signify that the wearer has killed someone.
Mr Bidve and his wife, Yogini, revisited the crime scene following Stapleton’s conviction on Thursday to say prayers and lay a bouquet of flowers.
– UKAsian Staff/Reports