Man found guilty of stomping university student to death outside Melbourne McDonald's
A 29-year-old bank worker who killed university student Joshua Hardy, 21, in a violent, unprovoked attack outside a McDonald's restaurant that lasted only six seconds has been found guilty of murder.
A Victorian Supreme Court jury found Kyle Sirous Zandipour guilty on Monday of Mr Hardy's murder after two days of deliberations following a two week trial.
Following the conviction, Mr Hardy's father David said outside the court that 'everyone loses' from social violence and that 'two young lives have been shattered, families and friends of those lives are now broken'.
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Killer: Bank worker Kyle Zandipour, 29, pictured on Monday after he was found guilty of murdering university law student Joshua Hardy in an unprovoked attack outside a McDonald's in October 2014
A 29-year-old bank worker who killed university student Joshua Hardy, 21, (pictured) in a violent, unprovoked attack outside a McDonald's restaurant that lasted only six seconds has been found guilty of murder, a court has heard
Bank worker Kyle Zandipour murdered university student Joshua Hardy (pictured), 21, in a violent, unprovoked attack which lasted only six seconds, the Victorian Supreme Court has found
Mr Hardy was sitting outside St Kilda McDonald's in south-eastern Melbourne at 1.10am on on October 18, 2014, 'exceedingly drunk' after a valedictory dinner at Melbourne University.
cosplay wigsThe law student was 'doing nothing to provoke' an attack, prosecutors said when Kyle Zandipour grabbed Mr Hardy by the arm, flung him to the ground where the younger man lay face down as Zandipour kicked him three times to the head and then stomped on him.
Mr Hardy was rushed to the nearby Alfred Hospital, but was pronounced dead from head injuries less than an hour later.
Kyle Zandipour, 29 (pictured after his conviction) attacked Joshua Hardy in a vicious unprovoked assault outside a McDonald's at 1.10am when Mr Hardy had been celebrating after a university valedictory dinner
Mr Hardy (right) with his sister Rebecca (left) at a Melbourne University function only hours before he died. After leaving a valedictory dinner he was 'exceedingly drunk' but did not provoke his attacker, a court heard
Joshua Hardy's mother, Kim Hardy, and uncle, Shaun Hardy, speak following the appearance of bank worker Kyle Zandipour at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in late 2014
During Zandipour's murder trial, Crown prosecutor Andrew Tinny, SC, told the court that Mr Hardy had consumed a lot of alcohol while celebrating before Zandipour's assault.
Zandipour had also been been drinking and playing video games with his friend Matthew Bell when the two encountered Mr Hardy outside McDonald's on St Kilda Road.
Mr Hardy lifted his leg as Mr Bell passed, causing him to stumble, and then stood and asked to use Mr Bell's phone, the court heard.
Zandipour then grabbed Mr Hardy, swung him forcefully to the ground, kicked him several times and stomped on him, Mr Tinney said.
Within minutes of coming into contact with Mr Zandipour, Mr Hardy lay mortally wounded, Mr Tinney said.
An autopsy found bruises, abrasions and lacerations to the right side of Mr Hardy's head, Mr Tinney said.
Matthew Bell gave evidence during the trial for the prosecution, saying he never felt threatened by Mr Hardy.
Mr Hardy (pictured with his sister Rebecca) had consumed a lot of alcohol while celebrating, but did nothing to provoke Kyle Zandipour, Andrew Tinney, SC, for the crown, said
A Victorian Supreme Court jury found Kyle Sirous Zandipour (pictured) guilty on Monday of Mr Hardy's murder in October 2014 when the 29-year-old kicked and then stomped on the law student outside a Melbourne McDonald's
Kyle Zandipour (pictured in a court drawing) claimed he thought Joshua Hardy was about to rob him, but the murder trial heard evidence that Mr Hardy was non-threatening before he was killed by Zandipour
'Like brother like sister' Rebecca (left) posted a funny photo of them both in pigtails on Facebook a month before he was tragically killed
Zandipour, a bank worker, had entered a not guilty plea and faced an earlier trial which was unable to reach a verdict before the two week trial which has resulted in his conviction.
Zandipour's defence barrister Remy van de Wiel told the Victorian Supreme Court jury that his client was entitled to defend himself because he believed he was about to be robbed.
lace front wigsZandipour told police he had acted to protect himself and Mr Bell and had not intended to kill Mr Hardy, who he thought was on drugs.
'I was intimidated by him, I thought he was out of control,' Zandipour told police, Mr van de Wiel said.
Mr Hardy, who was 182cm, was a 'big strong man' and a competent athlete while Zandipour is 170cm tall and does not play sport, Mr van de Wiel said.
'You are entitled, if you believe you are about to be robbed, you are entitled to prevent that,' Mr van de Wiel said.
An autopsy found a number of bruises, abrasions and lacerations to the side of Mr Hardy's (pictured, right of left and right) head
MJoshua Hardy (second left) who was 182cm, was a 'big strong man' and a competent athlete while Zandipour is 170cm tall and does not play sport, however the convicted man's friend said he did not find Mr Hardy intimidating on the night he died
'It is our culture that you are allowed to do those things. In fact you should.'
Mr Tinney said CCTV footage indicated Mr Hardy was 'still and helpless' on the ground when he was kicked.
'His only sin that night was to find himself in a helpless state as the result of the excessive consumption of alcohol,' Mr Tinney said.
Mr Hardy's father, David, told Fairfax News that in cases of 'social violence ... everyone loses'.
'Two young lives have been shattered, families and friends of those lives are now broken,' he said outside court.
'I would just ask people to step back and think when it comes to social violence because everyone loses. Actions have consequences, and unfortunately in our circumstance, the consequence has been tragic.'
Zandipour will return to court on June 21 for sentencing hearings.
Zandipour and his friend Matthew Bell (pictured on CCTV inside McDonald's) had been drinking and playing video games before they went to the fast food restaurant on St Kilda Road in south-eastern Melbourne)
Zandipour's defence barrister Remy van de Wiel told the Victorian Supreme Court jury that he was entitled to defend himself because he believed he was about to be robbed
Mr Hardy was sitting outside a McDonald's restaurant on St Kilda Road in Melbourne (pictured) when he encountered Zandipour, 29, and his friend Matthew Bell just after 1am on October 18, 2014
Kim Hardy breaks down in tears as she speaks outside Melbourne Magistrates Court in October 2014, less than a week after her son's death
The family of the accused murderer leave the Melbourne Magistrates Court after Kyle Zandipour was initially charged with Mr Hardy's murder
The Aboriginal flag flew at half-mast at Melbourne Grammar School, where Mr Hardy attended high school, as a mark of respect
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And Margot Robbie’s pins were on display as she strolled around New York City in a short black slip dress paired with a long pink Kimono, on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old showed why she is tipped to be the next Bond girl, showing off her slender physique in the eye-catching number from Spell & The Gypsy Collective.
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Stepping out: Margot Robbie’s trim pins were on display as she wafted around New York City in a short black slip dress paired with a long pink Kimono on Wednesday
The oriental-inspired garment featured broderie anglaise in elaborate flower patterns on the sleeves, shoulders and back, and flowed behind her as she strolled around downtown NYC.
Leaving a Tribeca hotel, the Australian actress smiled behind oversized round metallic sunglasses with her blonde locks tied back in a bun.
The Hollywood starlet’s complexion was characteristically flawless all over, but years in the Northern Hemisphere appeared to have erased her Australian tan.
All smiles: Leaving a Tribeca hotel, the Australian actress smiled behind oversized round metallic sunglasses with her blonde locks tied back in a bun
High fashion: The 26-year-old showed why she is tipped to be the next Bond girl, showing off her slender physique in the eye-catching number from Spell & The Gypsy Collective
Good taste: The oriental-inspired garment featured broderie anglaise in elaborate flower patterns on the sleeves, shoulders and back, and flowed behind her as she strolled around downtown NYC
She enhanced her look with natural-look makeup and subtle pink lipstick and carried a small black leather handbag to run her errands.
Margot had been at a fitting for the upcoming NYC premiere of her new film Suicide Squad on Monday night.
Tinseltown is abuzz with rumours that the blonde beauty will appear in the next James Bond film as a Bond girl, following a long line of glamorous actresses.
Flawles: The Hollywood starlet’s complexion was characteristically flawless all over, but years in the Northern Hemisphere appeared to have erased her Australian tan
Going natural: She enhanced her look with natural-look makeup and subtle pink lipstick and carried a small black leather handbag to run her errands
Looking her best: Margot had been at a fitting for the upcoming NYC premiere of her new film Suicide Squad on Monday night
Online polls have revealed the 26-year-old stunner is at the strongest odds to fill the role, sitting at 12/1, while Emily Blunt sits at 16/1, according to Paddy Power.
Others sitting at promising odds to star as the much-desired female character are American model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, who sits at 22/1, with Brit Emma Watson further down the line at 40/1.
The Gold Coast girl found her big break in 2013 opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street as the feisty and seductive, Naomi.
Plenty to smile about: Tinseltown is abuzz with rumours that the blonde beauty will appear in the next James Bond film as a Bond girl, following a long line of glamorous actresses
Adoring fans: Margot caused a stir with passersby as she stepped out in NYC
Well made: The beautiful garment had an elaborate rose pattern on its back
More recently, she starred alongside Alexander Skarsgård in The Legend Of Tarzan as Jane.
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Other females who have starred as the prestigious Bond girl include talented beauties Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike and Eva Green.
Next big thing: Online polls have revealed the 26-year-old stunner is at the strongest odds to fill the Bond role, sitting at 12/1, while Emily Blunt sits at 16/1, according to Paddy Power .
In demand actress: As well as the blockbuster, Margot has various other projects in the pipeline, including Suicide Squad, in which she plays Harley Quinn
Following in footsteps: Other females who have starred as the prestigious Bond girl include talented beauties Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike and Eva Green
Although the buzz around who will land the role of Bond girl is growing, the film is not expected to be released until at least 2018.
Producer Barbara Broccoli has two other projects firmly underway and is said to be keen to tempt Daniel Craig into reprising his role as the titular character for the fifth time.
Holding her own: Her breakout role was as DiCaprio's feisty wife, Naomi, on Wolf of Wall Street, which her portrayal earned her international acclaim - and showed off her gorgeous legs to the world
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And according to a new report, there's set to be a dramatic break-up ahead of the romantic proposal.
Us Weekly claims that JoJo comes to the difficult decision of choosing between the two suitors after one of them makes a big mistake with her parents Joseph and Soraya.
Family matters: Joelle 'JoJo' Fletcher apparently picks her fiance in next week's Bachelorette finale after one of the men makes a big mistake with her parents
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The runner-up gets dumped after failing to ask the 25-year-old's parents' for her hand in marriage, and during the emotional rejection, JoJo confesses that she wanted things to turn out differently.
'JoJo was sobbing,' a source told Us Weekly. 'She told him, “I wanted it to be you.”'
The insider added: 'It was important to JoJo that the guys get her parents’ permission before proposing. JoJo viewed it as disrespectful that he didn’t.'
Us Weekly claims that JoJo's family liked both of the finalists, but thought that the man she eventually picks was better suited to her.
Favourite from the start: Jordan received the First Impression Rose and his relationship with JoJo has gone from strength to strength ever since
Not true: The 27-year-old former quarterback has denied that he cheated on his last girlfriend
'Everyone thought he was husband material,' a source said. 'Later, they told JoJo that they liked the other man too, but they thought the second would be more loyal and a better fit.'
And speaking about the family's meeting with the runner-up, the insider revealed: 'After he left, Soraya said she thought he was a player.'
It seems that JoJo did make the right decision however, as she is apparently still very happily engaged to the winner.
She likes what she sees: JoJo has also fallen in love with former competitive swimmer Robby, 27
Denying the rumours: Robby has refuted claims that he dumped his girlfriend to appear on the show
Former quarterback Jordan, 27, has been a favourite to win the show from night one, when JoJo presented him with the First Impression Rose.
Show secrets: Us Weekly revealed details of the dramatic finale
And while on Monday's episode of the show he was seen telling the real estate developer that asking her father's permission to propose would be very important to him, a clip for the finale showed JoJo asking if he is ready to get down on one knee.
pre bonded hairBoth of the finalists have faced rumours about past relationships, with Jordan's ex Brittany Farrar claiming that they broke up because she cheated on him. He denied this to JoJo on the show.
The footballer is estranged from his famous NFL star brother Aaron, whose girlfriend Olivia Munn is close pals with Jordan's ex-girlfriend.
Aaron finally addressed his younger brother speaking about their fraught relationship on the show during an interview with WISN on Tuesday.
'As far as those kinds of things go, I've always found that it's a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I'm not going to speak on those things,' he said. 'But I wish him well in the competition.'
Meanwhile a friend of Robby's ex-girlfriend Hope Higginbotham has claimed that he dumped her in order to go on The Bachelorette, something which he denied during last week's hometown dates.
The Bachelorette finale followed by the After The Final Rose special will air on ABC on Monday.
She made the right choice: JoJo is apparently still happily engaged to the winner, who popped the question in May. The finale airs on ABC on Monday