The family of slain Victorian law student Joshua Hardy hope his killer's failed appeal bid sends a timely message that unprovoked violence won't be tolerated in society.
Melbourne banker Kyle Sirous Zandipour was convicted of murder for throwing Mr Hardy to the ground before kicking and stomping on his head outside a McDonald's in October 2014.
The assault fatally ruptured the 21-year-old Melbourne University student's vertebral artery.
Zandipour, 30, was jailed for at least 16 years but launched an appeal against the murder conviction and sentence, claiming there had been a "miscarriage of justice".
However a panel of three Victorian Court of Appeal judges dismissed the appeal on Friday, to end the long-running case.
The victim's relieved father David Hardy said the judgment gave family and friends some closure and they could now continue to heal.
Mr Hardy, wearing a T-shirt that said 'Stamp Out Violence' and with family and friends gathered by his side, said the decision sent a strong and significant message.
"People who do undertake these sorts of acts are paying the consequence and the court is saying they're murderers, which is quite significant," he said.
Mr Hardy said there have been too many of these incidents across Australia in recent times and hoped the result in his son's case would help push an anti-violence message
"(Violence) is not acceptable on the football field. It's not acceptable in the street. It's not acceptable in the home," he said.
"Just think about it and step back before you act."