London: A 20-year-old 'Psycho' Briton, accused of killing Indian student Anuj Bidve in an unprovoked attack, was on Tuesday remanded to custody until March 20 when the next hearing is scheduled in the widely publicised case.

Kiaran Stapleton, who described himself as "Psycho Stapleton" at Manchester Magistrates Court on Monday, appeared before the Manchester Crown Court today via video-link from prison.

He was remanded until March 20.

After the second post-mortem was conducted today, the coroner is likely to release the body of 23-year-old Bidve for repatriation to India.

Bidve was shot dead on a Salford street on December 26. His family members are expected to reach Manchester this week to receive the body.

Tuesday’s developments followed a well-attended vigil in Salford last night at the site where Bidve, a postgraduate student of Microelectronics at Lancaster University, was killed from point blank range.

Prayers by a Hindu priest marked the candle-lit vigil as hundreds of people expressed their grief at the incident.

The gathering included many residents of the Orsdall area
of Salford, where the incident took place.

Expressing shock at the incident, they said Bidve's attackers had brought shame to the area and unwelcome national and international attention to Salford.

The incident and vigil have been widely covered in the British press.

A lamppost, festooned with fresh floral tributes became the spot for an impromptu shrine, where candles and cards with messages were placed.

The arc of light extended over time as people waited for their turn to place candles around a framed photo of Bidve.

A message from the Bidve family was read out: "He could easily bring a smile to anyone's face. His passing will not only leave a void in our lives but in the hearts of all those who knew him."

The vigil was organised by Vikrant Gupta, 24, an IT worker living in Manchester.

Gupta told the media: "When I read the news I felt really bad. I felt I wanted to do something for him and his family."

Sushant Gupta, 21, a student at Aston University and a friend of Bidve added: "He was the only son and he just came here three months ago and he was looking forward to this a long, long time. He was so excited to see Christmas in the UK and he wanted to see Manchester United play on Boxing Day. He was a nice guy, it is a shame to lose someone so good."

Ordsall resident Susan Branchflower said: "We just wanted to show our respects. There's a lot of good people in Salford. The majority of people are good. We wanted to show our support for his family and friends."

Another resident, Maralyn Suthers, who stood with her husband holding a candle, said: "It's just very sad. I justwanted to show solidarity with his family and friends and with the community. It's not the community that's to blame. I'd like to see something set up in his name."

John Merry, leader of Salford City Council, said: "I am anxious people see the good side of Salford that's been shown tonight. We have had a very positive response from the community, paying their respect to the memory of Mr Bidve".

Senior Labour MP Keith Vaz, who attended the vigil said; "I have been very impressed with the local people and the way they have come out."

(Agencies)