Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Behave or Lose Your Home - Warning to Killer's Family ; 'Psycho' Stapleton's Parents Facing evictionComplaints about Abusive Behaviour

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Behave or Lose Your Home - Warning to Killer's Family ; 'Psycho' Stapleton's Parents Facing evictionComplaints about Abusive Behaviour

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THE parents of 'psycho' gun killer Kiaran Stapleton have been warned to behave or face being evicted from their home.

A civil order has been granted against Billie-Jean Stapleton, 46, and her husband Tony, 50.

The possession order was suspended for five years until 2018 by a judge at Manchester Civil Justice Centre.

It means the couple will not face immediate eviction, but could be hauled back to court and kicked out of their house if they are found to have breached the terms.

The hard-hitting order also covers visitors or anyone living with them at Regent Square in Ordsall, Salford.

Kiaran Stapleton, now 22, was jailed for life in July last year for the cold-blooded murder on Boxing Day 2011 of Indian student Anuj Bidve, 23, just yards from the family home.

Stapleton, who had a teardrop tattooed under his right eye to boast of the murder and referred to himself as 'psycho Stapleton' during an earlier court hearing, was ordered to serve a minimum of 30 years before parole can be considered.

Salford council and housing association Salix brought the legal action against his mum and dad after claims neighbours on the estate were subjected to a campaign of threatening and abusive behaviour.

It was argued by Salix Homes that their 'months of criminal activity and anti-social behaviour at or near the property' breached the terms of their tenancy agreement.

The couple have been joint tenants since 1998.

The case was settled out of court before a planned hearing yesterday.

The court was told that Andrew Burgess - Billie-Jean's nephew who was living at the house - was convicted of stealing a laptop from a warehouse on Duncan Street in Salford.

He also stole expensive jackets from a company in Trafford in a separate burglary and was convicted of both crimes, the court heard.

Mum-of-nine Billie-Jean was given a 12-month conditional discharge after allowing cannabis to be smoked in the house, the judge was told.

The three incidents were used as evidence against the couple to secure the order. …

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