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Barry Lyttle back home after Australia punch nightmare

By Sara Neill

Published 30/04/2015

A Northern Ireland man sentenced in Australia for assaulting his brother said he is "totally delighted" to be back home.

Barry Lyttle arrived at Dublin airport on Wednesday, less than a week after he was given a 13-month suspended sentence for punching his brother Patrick.

The attack outside a bar in Sydney in January left his younger brother critically ill and in a coma for a week.

It was an emotional reunion for 33-year-old Barry, who was hugged by friends and family, bearing balloons.

"It's just so good to be home," he said.

His younger brother was expected to touch down hours later.

Mr Lyttle said: "(Patrick) is flying home business class, so he'll get in in a couple of hours time, so we're looking forward to him coming in as well and we'll give him an even bigger welcome.

"I'd just like to thank everybody for all the support Patrick and I have got. This past four months have been terrible but hopefully we can put it all behind us now and move on with our lives as best we can."

Barry and his father Oliver were only a few days into their Sydney holiday to visit Patrick when tragedy struck.

CCTV footage showed how Patrick pushed his brother, but when Barry retaliated, Patrick fell backwards, hitting his head on the pavement.

He has since made a full recovery, but Barry admitted his journey could have had a very different ending.

He said: "It could have been different, yes, and we just have to thank God and thank all the support we got. It's really pulled everybody through - dad, Patrick and I - and without all the support, to be honest we don't know where we would be."

During the court case, it was revealed the pair plan to travel around Ireland teaching others about the dangers of one-punch attacks.

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