Man pleads guilty to manslaughter

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THE man accused of murdering Lancaster University student Anuj Bidve has pleaded guilty to his manslaughter.

Kiaran Stapleton, 21, of Ordsall, Salford admitted shooting the postgraduate on December 26, 2011.

Stapleton pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility at Manchester Crown Court.

Mr Bidve, 23, was with friends in Ordsall when Stapleton walked up and shot him in the head at close range.

A trial has been set for June 25 at Manchester Crown Court.

Mr Bidve had travelled to Manchester with a group of friends to visit the Boxing Day sales.

He was walking from his hotel in Trafford Park to the city centre when he was attacked.

Mr Bidve had been studying for a micro-electronics postgraduate qualification at the university after completing an electronics degree at Pune University in India.