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A man was trying to calm his friend over a dispute with an ex-girlfriend when it backfired and he was fatally hit, a court has been told.
Scott Alan Parker, 26, punched 31-year-old Beau Lawson in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head on Thursday last week, an out-of-sessions court hearing was told on Sunday.
Lawson had raised his hand to stop Parker from following Parker's ex-girlfriend, who they ran into earlier at a pub at Carrum Downs.
The ex-girlfriend and her friends had been dining in the pub bistro but left to avoid confrontation after Parker made a comment about spitting in their food, the hearing was told.
Detective Senior Constable Adam Burnett said Parker and Lawson had been drinking heavily before the incident.
As the girls walked from the pub, Parker approached them and lunged at his ex-girlfriend to punch her, but she was able to step back and run.
Lawson then stepped in, and put up his hand to stop Parker following her.
Det Sen Const Burnett said Parker punched a car window and then hit Lawson in the face as he pleaded with him to calm down.
Lawson, of Carrum Downs, fell to the ground unconscious and died the next afternoon in hospital.
Parker was charged on Sunday with manslaughter, recklessly threatening serious injury, criminal damage and breaching a court order.
Police opposed bail, saying they had made a number of attempts to find the accused and he had a number of associates willing to hide him from police.
Police also feared Parker, who is unemployed and has no permanent address, may try to contact his ex-girlfriend.
The bail justice refused Parker, also of Carrum Downs, bail, and remanded him in custody to appear for a filing hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday.