20/03/2012 07:58 GMT

'Psycho' Kiaran Stapleton In Court Over Killing Of Indian Student Anuj Bidve

A man appeared in court on Tuesday over the Boxing Day murder of an Indian student.

Kiaran Stapleton, 20, from Ordsall, Salford, Greater Manchester, is accused of shooting Anuj Bidve, 23, a student from Pune, India, who was studying at Lancaster University.

The accused called himself "Psycho Stapleton" at an earlier hearing when asked his name.

Mr Bidve, described as a "promising and clever" student, was shot once in the head at around 1.30am on December 26. He died a short time later in hospital.

He was with a group of fellow Indian students visiting Manchester for Christmas when he was murdered as the group walked through Ordsall heading for Manchester city centre.

Mr Bidve was studying for a micro-electronics postgraduate qualification at Lancaster University, having come to the UK in September after completing an electronics degree at Pune University.

Stapleton appeared via videolink for the brief hearing at Manchester Crown Court.

A further hearing is expected later this year.