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Melbourne McDonald’s murder accused an investment banker

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A man charged with murder over the fatal assault of a student outside a Melbourne fast food restaurant is an investment banker.

Police charged Kyle Zandipour, 27, following the attack on 21-year-old Parkville university student Joshua Robert Hardy outside a McDonald’s outlet on St Kilda Rd just after 1am on Saturday.

Mr Hardy, a third-year University of Melbourne arts student from Darwin who lived at Trinity College, died from his injuries an hour later in hospital.

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Melbourne man Zandipour fronted court on Sunday morning, where his lawyer George Defteros said he was an ANZ Bank investment banker who had never before found himself in such circumstances.

He said Zandipour approached the homicide squad on Saturday and took part in a lengthy interview.

“He has given his version of events as to what transpired,” Mr Defteros told the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Zandipour was remanded in custody to appear in court again on October 24.

A second man who was assisting police with inquiries has provided a statement and will not face any charges, police said.

Mr Hardy was a top footballer and mentor, the University of Melbourne said in a statement on their website.

“Joshua came to Trinity in 2012 and soon became loved by all for his prowess on the footy field, his mentoring skills and his community-mindedness,” the statement said.

“Josh was a wonderful student and brother whose sudden passing is a tremendous shock.”

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