UK man in court over killing of Indian student

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Posted: Jan 02, 2012 11:50 AM
UK man in court over killing of Indian student

A 20-year-old British man charged with the murder of an Indian student said during a court appearance Monday that his name was "Psycho."

Kiaran Stapleton was charged with shooting 23-year-old Anuj Bidve on Dec. 26 in a seemingly unprovoked attack in the northern city of Salford. Police are investigating whether the crime was racially motivated.

Stapleton appeared at the City of Manchester Magistrates Court. When asked to state his name, he said, "Psycho. Psycho Stapleton."

Prosecutor Ben Southam said Stapleton will be held in custody for 24 hours and sent to Manchester Crown Court, which deals with murder cases.

Bidve was from the western Indian city of Pune and enrolled in a postgraduate course in microelectronics at Lancaster University in northern England. He was on a holiday break with a group of nine friends when he was shot. He had arrived in Britain just three months ago.

Two Greater Manchester Police officers have flown to India to meet with Bidve's family.

His father, Subhash Bidve, has criticized how British and Indian authorities have handled the case. He found out about his son's death on Facebook before U.K. police could contact him.

A candlelight memorial service for Bidve is set for Monday evening in the street where he was shot, while a peace march has been organized in India, starting near Nehru Park in New Delhi and finishing at the British Embassy.

(This version corrects age of victim to 23.)