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UK: Stapleton found guilty of Bidve’s murder

Kiaran Stapleton was held guilty of murder after a trial in the Manchester Crown Court

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published: July 27, 2012 12:44 am

Kiaran Stapleton,a Briton who shot dead 23-year-old Indian student Anuj Bidve in an unprovoked attack last year,was on Thursday held guilty of murder after a trial in the Manchester Crown Court.

Stapleton,21,who once called himself ‘Psycho’ Stapleton in a court hearing,had earlier admitted manslaughter but not murder,on grounds of diminished responsibility,but his plea was not accepted by prosecutors and the case went to trial from June 25.

The trial lasted little over a month and was attended by Bidve’s parents Subhash and Yogini,who had arrived from Pune.

The jury,which retired earlier on Thursday to consider its verdict,took 90 minutes to reach the ‘guilty’ decision.

The verdict is likely to lead to a more stringent punishment.

After the verdict was announced,Bidve’s mother Yogini cried while his father Subhash held his face in his hands.

Bidve,who was studying microelectronics at Lancaster University,was walking to the Boxing Day sales with eight friends when he was shot dead on December 26 without warning at Ordsall Lane,Salford.

The case sparked outrage in UK and India,and top British officials gave assurances that Britain was a safe place for Indian students to come and study.

The police came in for praise for their handling of the case.

“Justice has been done. The Bidve family have shown great dignity throughout this sad time. The trial has been painful for them and I hope this verdict will allow them to rebuild their lives without their beloved son Anuj”,Senior Labour leader,Keith Vaz,said soon after the jury returned the guilty verdict.

The judge will sentence Stapleton on Friday.

Soon after the verdict,Bidve’s parents said their son had come to the UK in September 2011 and he carried with him the “hopes and dreams of all our family”.

“Instead,in the early hours of Boxing Day morning,Stapleton,cold-bloodedly and brutally murdered our son. Stapleton had never met our son and did not know anything about him,” they said in a statement.

The family thanked Greater Manchester Police,Indian High Commission,Crown Prosecution Service,the Witness Service and everyone involved in the trial.

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