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Sunday, 8 January 2012

Man charged with Anuj Bidve's murder called 'Psycho'

Kiaran Stapleton, 20, was handcuffed as he was led into the dock with four armed cops stationed in the courtroom.

When he was asked for his name, he brazenly replied: "Psycho. Psycho Stapleton."

The clerk to the court said: "I've got Kiaran here."

Stapleton ? flanked by two cops and wearing a grey Nike T-shirt and grey jogging bottoms ? did not respond.

Prosecutor Ben Southam then told Manchester Magistrates' Court: "He appears charged with murder. That's a matter that can only be dealt with at the crown court.

"He will be sent to Manchester Crown Court in due course."

Stapleton, of Salford, was remanded in custody for 24 hours. There was no application for bail.

Anuj, 23, died after being shot once in the head at point-blank range at 1.30am on Boxing Day in Salford.

The Lancaster University post-graduate student ? who arrived from India just three months ago ? had been visiting the Manchester area over Christmas with eight pals.

The apparently motiveless killing generated shock and anger, especially in Pune, India, where Anuj's family only learned about it via Facebook.

Last night friends of the student held a candlelit vigil near the British Embassy in New Delhi, India.

And more than 400 people paid tribute at a memorial service for him last night at the scene of the shooting in Salford.

Anuj's father Subhash has been critical of the way the British and Indian authorities have handled the case. Yesterday Greater Manchester Police said that two officers had gone to India.

Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley said: "We felt it was important to make personal contact with the family. We need to explain to them in person where we are up to in the investigation."

THE man accused of Boxing Day murder gives his name as 'Psycho Stapleton'

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