Man in court over student's murder

Chelmsford Weekly News: Indian student Anuj Bidve was shot dead on Boxing Day in Salford (GMP/PA) Indian student Anuj Bidve was shot dead on Boxing Day in Salford (GMP/PA)

A man is due in court over the Boxing Day murder of an Indian student.

Kiaran Stapleton, 20, from Ordsall, Salford, is accused of shooting dead Anuj Bidve, 23, a student from Pune, India, who was studying at Lancaster University.

The accused gave the name "Psycho Stapleton" at an earlier hearing when asked his name.

Mr Bidve, described as a "promising and clever" student, was shot once in the head at around 1.30am on December 26 last year. He died a short time later in hospital.

He was with a group of fellow Indian students visiting Manchester for Christmas when he was murdered as the group walked through the Ordsall district of Salford, heading for Manchester city centre.

Mr Bidve was studying for a micro-electronics postgraduate qualification at Lancaster University, coming to the UK in September after completing an electronics degree at Pune University.

Stapleton will appear via videolink from jail for the plea and case management hearing at Manchester Crown Court.

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