The man accused of murdering Indian student Anuj Bidve in Salford on Boxing Day has been further remanded in custody.
Kiaran Stapleton, 20, from Ordsall, gave his name as ‘Psycho Stapleton’ as he stood in the dock at City of Manchester Magistrates' Court yesterday.
Today Stapleton appeared at Manchester Crown Court through video-link and was again remanded in custody. He is next scheduled to appear on March 20.
Mr Bidve, who was 23 and described as a ‘promising and clever’ student, was shot in the head at approximately 1.30am on December 26. He died later in hospital.
Mr Stapleton, who was arrested last Thursday, was charged with Mr Bidve's murder on Sunday.
In a brief hearing lasting less than 10 minutes today, Stapleton – wearing a grey sweater – stared straight ahead throughout. When he appeared on screen from HMP Manchester, the clerk asked him: "Are you Kiaran Stapleton?"
"Yes," he replied.
Judge Michael Henshell remanded him in custody until his plea and case management hearing – again by videolink – on March 20. A trial date was provisionally fixed for June 25 at Manchester Crown Court with an estimated duration of three to four weeks.
Subhash Bidve, the victim's father, found out about his son's death on Facebook at home in Pune, India, before police in the UK could contact him.
Mr Bidve was studying for a micro-electronics postgraduate qualification at Lancaster University, coming to the UK in September after completing an electronics degree at Pune University.
Three other people who were arrested on suspicion of Mr Bidve's murder have been bailed until March pending further inquiries. A fourth man, aged 19, had his bail cancelled.