Outrage at student killer’s Rovers mural

Anuj Bidve, 23, a student from Pune, India, who was studying at Lancaster University
Anuj Bidve, 23, a student from Pune, India, who was studying at Lancaster University
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A killer who shot a former Lancaster University student at point blank range has sparked outrage, after painting a life-size mural of the Rovers Return on prison walls in homage to his favourite soap.

Kiaran Stapleton, 23, who murdered Indian student Anuj Bidve in an unprovoked attack on Boxing Day 2011, was jailed for life in 2012.

And there is now anger over the fact he has spent hours adorning the walls of the Special Intervention Unit at Strangeways jail in Manchester with a copy of his favourite fictional pub.

A source at Strangeways said Stapleton, a category A “lifer”, has a talent for art and has spent hours painstakingly painting the mural of the pub from his favourite TV show.

Mr Bidve,who was studying engineering at Lancaster University was with friends stopping in Manchester to visit the Christmas sales, when he came across Stapleton, who walked up to him, asked the time then shot him in the head for no apparent reason.

Days later Stapleton had a “teardrop” tattoo below his right eye - a gang sign that he had taken a life and, when arrested, gave his name as “Psycho Stapleton” when he appeared in court.

Prison reformers say art can make inmates less likely to re-offend