London: A 21-year old man accused of killing Indian student Anuj Bidve, smirked or laughed as he ran off after shooting him on December 26 last year, a court has heard.
Kiaran Stapleton approached Bidve, 23, and his friends in the street in Salford, Greater Manchester and asked them what the time was.
Manchester crown court heard that one of the group had answered and without warning the defendant produced a gun, put it to the head of Bidve and fired a shot, which killed him, the Guardian reports.
At a hearing on 1 June, Stapleton, who labelled himself ‘Psycho Stapleton’, admitted blame for Bidve``s death and pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
The prosecution rejected the plea and the case proceeded to a murder trial.
According to the paper, the defence is likely to call expert psychological and psychiatric evidence during the hearing.
The court was also told that Stapleton had a teardrop tattoo inked on his face two days after the shooting, which can signify that the wearer has killed someone.