By Mihaela Ivantcheva & Mary Maguire
There was a ‘striking lack of emotional response’ by Salford’s gunman Kiaran Stapleton, defence psychologist Dr Sanya Krljes told the jury yesterday.
She said he had difficulties expressing his emotions and reflecting on them adding that he had experienced behavioural problems at school, had been excluded often and had quit school early.
He had explained to her how his mind ‘went blank’ when he became involved in a road rage incident in 2011 and when he threw a bucket of boiling water over a fellow inmate three months ago.
“He really wasn’t able to express his emotions,” she said.
Using standard assessments, she explained to the court how his performance on IQ tests showed that he had poor intellectual function although he did not have learning disabilities.
When asked by the expert to describe his personality the defendant had said he was an ‘easygoing, friendly with everyone and minding his own business’.
The 21-year-old had also told Dr Krljes that he never liked being cuddled and never liked talking to people.
Asked about Boxing Day shooting and how he felt after about it, he had told her:
“It is like someone else had done it.
“There was nothing to feel about.
“I don’t know him. I never thought about him. Somebody has lost his life. I felt nothing, not sad or bad.”
He also told the expert: “People think I am a monster. I was working, a normal boy. I had no drugs in my system.
“That’s why I hope something is wrong with my brain and it is treatable. I could do it to someone else.
Stapleton, 21, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but denied murder. Mr Bidve, 23, was shot dead on December 26 last year in Salford.
The trial continues today.