Bidve killer says his mind `went blank`

Last Updated: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 22:26

London: A Briton standing trial for the killing of Indian student Anuj Bidve last year told a UK court on Thursday that his mind "went blank" at the time, and claimed that he was not aware that he had shot someone.

Kiaran Stapleton, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but denies murder.

The trial, which began on June 25 at Manchester Crown Court, is being attended by Bidve`s parents, who have arrived from Pune.

21-year-old Stapleton, who identified himself as `Psycho Stapleton` at an earlier court hearing, said he "didn`t even know where I shot the guy", and added that he had "just raised my hand, shot it and then ran".

He said he did not know that he had killed Bidve on December 26 until "it came on the news saying a man`s been shot dead".

Bidve, a student at Lancaster University, was with eight Indian friends walking through the Ordsall area of Salford on their way to the Boxing Day sales when he was fatally injured.
Stapleton fled the scene of crime but was arrested within days.

Asked why he had shot the gun, to which he replied: "I honestly don`t know. I didn`t even know where I shot the guy. I just raised my hand, I shot it, and then ran." ?

He added that his mind "went blank" after the incident and that he had felt "nothing" on finding out the following morning that he had killed Bidve.


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First Published: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 22:26

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