Bidve verdict: Parents 'shattered', but 'relieved'
Anuj Bidve's Pune-based parents sat through the five-week trial at the Manchester Crown Court every day.
London: Relieved and satisfied at the imprisonment of 'Psycho' Stapleton for the killing of their son Anuj Bidve, his grieving parents on Friday said their "whole world was lost" when he was killed on 26 December last.
Bidve's Pune-based parents, Subhash and Yogini Bidve, sat through the five-week trial at the Manchester Crown Court every day, listening to evidence and watching the remorseless Stapleton at times mock the justice system.
They will leave for Pune later on Friday.
Speaking after the sentencing, Subhash Bidve said: "It is very difficult without him, because he was such a lovely son", but was "relieved and satisfied" with Stapleton's conviction.
It was "very difficult" to face Stapleton in court every day of the trial.
"It took almost five weeks - that is a long time sitting in the court, hearing how he killed him, what was going through his mind when he killed him and what his intentions were. It was very, very difficult every day, sitting and hoping that (Anuj) would get justice," he said.
Bidve, who was studying Micro-electronics at Lancaster University, was walking to the Boxing Day sales with eight friends when he was shot dead on December 26 without warning at Ordsall Lane, Salford.
Stating that Stapleton was "a bad man, a cruel man" who was "hopeless to society", Subhash said: "He has no right to live in society with good people. He deserves to be in prison."
Subhash said one of the most difficult days of the trial had been 18 July, which would have been his son's Anuj's 24th birthday.
He said his family had the tradition of wishing each other happy birthday at midnight, so he and his wife "couldn't sleep all night".
He said: "In the morning, we got some flowers and a card and went to where Anuj was killed. We placed the flowers, said some prayers and shed some tears and then went to court. It was very difficult."
"(Anuj) was such a lovely son. He was very obedient, very disciplined, very clever, brilliant - and God took him away from us. It's very difficult to live without him. He was such a beautiful son, an angel. When something happened in the family, he was there always to support.
"He was such a lovely boy. He never fought with anyone and never said 'I did not like this and that'," he added.
Asked about why Anuj had travelled to England to study, Subhash said the family had chosen the country "because it is very safe and so many Indians are here. If you walk in the streets of the UK, you find any number of Indian people who are happy. So it was unbelievable."
"He was only here for three months. He had very few days in England and that was his destiny."