Kiaran Stapleton admits killing Indian student Anuj Bidve

A man accused of murdering Indian student Anuj Bidve in Salford has pleaded guilty to his manslaughter.

Kiaran Stapleton, 21, of Ordsall, Salford admitted shooting the postgraduate on 26 December 2011.

Stapleton pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter at Manchester Crown Court. Mr Bidve’s parents, who travelled from India to hear the plea, said coming “face to face” with Stapleton had been “very emotional and difficult”.

Stapleton was remanded in custody ahead of a trial at Manchester Crown Court on 25 June. The court heard the issue in the case will be whether Stapleton was of diminished responsibility at the time of the killing.

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