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Kiaran Stapleton accused of mocking trial over goldfish

Category: England

Published: 9th Jul 2012 15:15:38

A man who shot an Indian student dead has been accused of mocking his trial with a remark about his goldfish.

Kiaran Stapleton, 21, claims a "killer" teardrop tattoo on his face did not refer to Anuj Bidve's Boxing Day shooting but the fish's death.

He told a jury at Manchester Crown Court he did not want to discuss the goldfish because he might receive "animal cruelty" letters in prison.

Mr Brian Cummins QC, prosecuting, said: "Are you being serious?"

Mr Stapleton, walked up to Indian student Mr Bidve, 23, and his friends in the street in Ordsall, Salford, asked for the time and fired one shot to his victim's head without warning.

He admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but denies murder.

Cross-examined by Mr Cummings QC, about why he got the tattoo two days after the shooting, he explained he knew that it had several meanings including signifying the wearer had killed someone.

He told staff at the tattoo shop that he had killed his goldfish.

Mr Stapleton told the prosecutor he did not wish to talk further about the goldfish.

He said: "I don't wish to discuss that. I might have animal cruelty sending letters to me at HMP Manchester."

Mr Cummings asked: "Are you being serious or are you making fun of the proceedings?

Mr Stapleton replied: "No, no, I'm being serious."

The defendant was earlier accused of mocking the court when answering a question about his stay at the Campanile Hotel in Regent Road - near to the crime scene - the day after the shooting.

The jury has seen CCTV footage of Mr Stapleton looking out of the hotel windows.

Mr Cummings asked him why he did this.

Mr Stapleton said: "Seeing if there were any nice women walking past Regent Road... seeing if there were any nice legs."

The prosecutor asked: "Is that true or are you having a laugh in this trial?"

Mr Stapleton replied: "No, that's true."

He denied he had brought along his "little audience" of friends to the tattoo shop in Swinton and was "showing off" to them as they laughed and joked.

"This was all about enjoying your status as a killer, was it not?" said Mr Cummings.

Mr Stapleton said: "No."

The trial continues.

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