Anuj Bidve killer Kiaran Stapleton to appeal against sentence

Kiaran Stapleton
Image caption Kiaran Stapleton was ordered to serve at least 30 years in prison

The man who shot dead Indian student Anuj Bidve in Salford is to appeal against the length of his sentence.

Kiaran Stapleton, 21, shot the 23-year-old Lancaster University student on Boxing Day 2011 as he walked to the Manchester sales with friends.

Stapleton was ordered to serve a life sentence of at least 30 years after he was found guilty of murder at Manchester Crown Court in July.

His appeal is due to be heard at the Court of Appeal in London on Wednesday.

The court said he was appealing over the minimum term of his sentence.

Stapleton, of Salford, Greater Manchester, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but the jury rejected that argument and convicted him of murdering the student on 26 December.

He was told he would only be released after his 30-year term if a parole board was satisfied he was no longer a risk to the public.

Mr Bidve was studying micro-electronics at Lancaster University and was visiting Manchester with a group of friends when he was shot last Christmas.

The group left their hotel in Salford to queue early for the sales when their paths crossed with Stapleton's and he asked them for the time.

He then pulled a handgun out of his pocket and shot Mr Bidve's in the head at close range.

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