Anuj Bidve’s killer Kiaran Stapleton has been convicted of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in jail. After a five week trial, the jury deliberated for a mere 90 minutes before returning their guilty verdict.
The judge, Mr Justice King, described the case as a “truly wicked act” stating that Stapelton was a “highly dangerous man”. He went on to say: “in my judgment, this was no impulsive act on your part. It was a piece of cold-blooded controlled aggression”.
The 23 year old Lancaster University Student, Anuj Bidve, was shot on Boxing Day 2011 in Salford, on his way to the sales. His parents flew over from India to attend the five week trial, with his father stating: “it was our duty to be there and see that that man got punished and Anuj got justice”.
The judge stated that Kiaran Stapleton will only be released after the minimum 30 year term if a parole board is satisfied that he is no longer a risk to the public.