Victim's parents face Boxing Day killer
The parents of an Indian student shot in the head at point blank range early on Boxing Day morning came face to face with his killer yesterday.
Subhash and Yogini Bidve watched intently as Kiaran Stapleton, 21, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but denied murdering their son, Anuj, at Manchester Crown Court.
The Bidves travelled from their home in India to witness proceedings, following the attack in Salford last year on the 23-year-old postgraduate, who was unknown to the defendant.
The family said they had felt compelled to travel to the UK to see their son's killer.
"We have made the journey from India to the United Kingdom because it was very important to us to hear, in person, Kiaran Stapleton's plea.
"This is the first time we have returned to the UK since Anuj was taken away from us on Boxing Day of last year and the first time we have come face to face with the man charged with his murder, so clearly this is a very emotional and difficult time for us. We have today heard in person that Kiaran Stapleton admitted killing Anuj," they said.
The couple asked for their privacy to be respect ed in the face of huge interest in the case.
Stapleton was remanded in custody until 25 June.
The Microsoft mogul told fans a few home truths during his Reddit AMA
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Teenager brandishing fake gun taken down by police after demanding airtime on Netherlands' NOS TV station
Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights