'Psycho Stapleton' — that’s the name 20-year-old accused of killing student Anuj Bidve has given to the Court.
Accused of shooting Indian student Anuj Bidve on Boxing Day, the accused gave this name after he appeared before the Court.
The motiveless killing has already sent shock waves nationally and internationally, particularly in India from where the victim hails. The police are treating the murder as a hate crime
At the time of the incident, Bidve was with a group of fellow Indian students. They were visiting Manchester for Christmas when he was murdered. He had moved to Lancaster University from his hometown in Pune in 2010.
Described as a "promising and clever" student, the 23-year-old victim was shot in the head after a lone gunman approached him at around 1.30am on December 26 last. Bidve died a short time later in the hospital.
Charged with murder, Kiaran Stapleton from Ordsall, Salford, has been remanded in custody for 24 hours at City of Manchester Magistrates' Court.
In handcuffs, wearing a grey Nike T-shirt and grey jogging bottoms, Stapleton was brought into the dock and asked for his name. His reply to the query was: "Psycho. Psycho Stapleton."
Ben Southam, prosecuting, said: "He appears charged with murder. That's a matter that can only be dealt with at the crown court by a judge under section 115 of the Coroners and Justices Act."
He added: "He will be sent to Manchester Crown Court in due course.
"Bail can only be considered by a crown court judge. As far as bail is concerned that's opposed by the Crown."
Meanwhile, Bidve’s family left for UK early this morning to get his body back home. His parents and brother-in-law Rakesh Sonawane left Pune for Mumbai from where they will take a flight to the UK.
The police hopes to be over with all the formalities so that Bidve's family can return to India on Friday with his body.
The coroner is expected to release the body after the second post-mortem was conducted on him the previous day.
The Bidves are expected to go to Ordsall Lane in Salford near Manchester, where Anuj was shot dead at point blank range on December 26 last while he was walking down the street with a group of Indian friends.
The visit to the UK follows second visit to the Bidve family at Pune by two officers from the Greater Manchester police. The police have assured the family of justice for the young student.
Russ Jackson, Chief Superintendent, Greater Manchester Police, said: "The purpose of the visit was to speak with family of Anuj and to support them in what must be one of the most difficult times in their life. In all incidents of murder we use specially trained family liaison officers who work with family.
"Their role is to support and guide them through the upsetting process of receiving their loved one back in matters such as court proceedings. It's not uncommon for us to send officers to other countries if the victim's family comes from outside UK".