05/07/2012 13:43 BST

Anuj Bidve Killing: Kiaran 'Psycho' Stapleton 'Felt Nothing' As He Killed Indian Student

A man who shot dead an Indian student then labelled himself "Psycho" in court has told a jury that he felt "nothing" when he realised he had killed somebody.

Kiaran Stapleton, 21, has already admitted he killed Anuj Bidve, 23, a "random stranger" who was walking with friends through the Ordsall area of Salford in the early hours of Boxing Day last year.

Stapleton, from Ordsall, Salford, has already entered a guilty plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

But he denies murder, which carries an automatic life sentence on conviction.

Mr Bidve's parents, Subhash and Yogini, from Pune, India, sat in the public gallery just yards away from Stapleton, dressed in a grey tracksuit, in the witness box as he gave evidence at the start of his defence case at Manchester Crown Court.

Stapleton (right) said he doesn't know why he decided to shoot Bidve at point blank range

Stapleton who gave his name as "Psycho" at an earlier court hearing and had a "killer" teardrop tattoo on his face said he had been at a party and then went out to get some food.

He said his friend Ryan Holden was carrying a gun and gave it to him to hold when he decided to approach the group and ask them for the time.

Speaking about the moment he opened fire, Stapleton said: "I raised it in my right hand and then shot the firearm."

Asked by Simon Csoka QC, why he shot the gun, Stapleton responded: "I honestly don't know.

"I don't even know where I shot the guy.

"I just raised my hand and then shot it and ran."

Stapleton said how he and Holden ran back to his home where he showered and collected his clothes together. While there, Ryan called him a "mad guy", Stapleton said.

The following morning they went to another friends house where he saw the news which confirmed a man had been killed.

"How did that make you feel," Mr Csoka asked.

He replied: "Nothing. I didn't think about it."