Killer paints mural on prison wall

Published: Monday 9th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A Coronation Street-loving “Psycho” killer has painted 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, has spent hours lovingly adorning the walls of the Special Intervention Unit at Strangeways jail in Manchester with a copy of the show’s famous pub.

But his artwork has sparked outrage from some who say Stapleton, who blasted Mr Bidve in the head from point blank range, should not be allowed to pursue “hobbies” while serving a life sentence.

A source at Strangeways, also known as HMP Manchester, 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.

Stapleton was jailed in 2012 for the murder of Mr Bidve on Boxing Day, 2011.

Mr Bidve, studying engineering at Lancaster University, was with friends stopping in Manchester to visit the Christmas sales.

He was walking to the shops through inner-city Ordsall, Salford, where Stapleton lived, when he came across the killer.

Stapleton, a stranger to him, 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.

The killer was arrested and gave his name as “Psycho Stapleton” when he appeared in court.

He also threw a jug of hot water containing sticky sugar over an inmate while on remand for the murder, in a prison attack known as a “jugging”.

A picture of Stapleton’s mural has been leaked to The Sun newspaper.

Labour MP Keith Vaz told the paper: “Those close to Anuj Bidve will be distraught that the thug who killed him is seemingly enjoying his time behind bars.”

Tory MP David Davies added: “Most people agree he should never be let out of prison and he shouldn’t be given leeway to pursue his hobbies whilst in there.”

But prison reformers say art can play a part in changing around inmates lives and make them less likely to re-offend.

Stapleton was jailed for life with a minimum of 30 years jail before parole can be considered.

Published: Monday 9th February 2015 by The News Editor

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