Belfast Telegraph

Man's agony over plight of his brother in Sydney

By Colin O'Carroll

A Northern Ireland man charged over a one punch-type incident involving his younger brother in Australia has spoken of his regret.

Barry Lyttle, whose family come from Ballycastle, was charged over an alleged one-punch assault on his brother Patrick after a heated exchange during a family reunion in the early hours of Saturday.

He remains on life support in a critical condition in hospital in Sydney.

As he arrived at a police station to meet his bail conditions he was asked what he thought about the incident that has devastated his family. Lyttle said he felt "terrible".

Police allege the brothers argued about going for another drink at around 3am on Bayswater Road in the Kings Cross nightlife area, before Barry punched Patrick to the ground.

As part of his bail conditions, Lyttle has to report daily to police and live nearby at his aunt's home.

He has been ordered to not consume alcohol or illicit drugs while on bail and will appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on January 20.

The elder brother and his father Oliver will soon be joined by Patrick's four sisters who are preparing to fly to Sydney. His father said his son Patrick was "not good" and thanked people for their support and sympathy.

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