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'One-punch' brother Patrick Lyttle out of coma in Australian hospital

By Lesley Houston

The Northern Ireland man left in a coma after an alleged single punch by his brother during a holiday in Australia has regained consciousness.

Ballycastle man Patrick Lyttle (31) had been on life support at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney for nearly a week after an argument with his brother, 33-year-old Barry Lyttle, turned physical.

The pair had been reunited in Sydney after Patrick was understood to have been travelling round the country.

Their father Oliver also arrived for a visit.

Yesterday it emerged from Australia that he had regained consciousness and was in a stable condition in intensive care.

He had been in a critical condition in a coma since last weekend.

Barry Lyttle has been charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm.

During a hearing at Sydney's Central Local Court on Monday, he was ordered to stay with an aunt in Blacktown and not to drink alcohol.

Police said that alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the alleged assault.

He was also forced to surrender his passport and to report to police weekly. Lyttle has been ordered to reappear before the court on January 20.

Posts on social media reported that both brothers had been looking forward to seeing each other again.

Their father previously said that the brothers "have loved each other from when they were kids".

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