A man charged with the murder of an Indian student in the Salford area of Manchester on Boxing Day has told a court his name is “Psycho Stapleton”.
The 20-year-old from the Ordsall estate in Salford was asked again in the short hearing at Manchester City Magistrates court: “Are you Kiaran Stapleton.”. The defendant replied: “No. Psycho Stapleton.”
He was remanded in custody for 24 hours and will appear later this week at Manchester Crown Court.
Anuj Bidve, 23, died from a single gunshot wound to the head in the apparently motiveless attack in the early hours of December 26.
Mr Bidve, who was studying for a micro-electronics postgraduate qualification at Lancaster University, was described by tutors as “an outstanding applicant at the very beginning of a promising career”.
He was with a group of fellow Indian students visiting Manchester for Christmas when he was murdered.
Two officers from Greater Manchester Police have flown to India to meet Mr Bidve’s family.
His father, Subhash Bidve, has been critical of the way the British and Indian authorities have handled the case.
He found out about his son’s death on Facebook at home in Pune, India, before police in the UK could contact him.
A candlelit memorial service will be held at the place in Salford where the student was killed at 6pm tonight.
Hundreds more are expected at a peace march for him in India, starting near Nehru Park in New Delhi at 6pm and finishing at the British Embassy.
A reward of £50,000 is being offered by police for anyone who provides information that leads to a conviction.
Stapleton is one of five people arrested on suspicion of murder.
Three have been bailed pending further inquiries. A fourth has had bail cancelled.