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Court shown footage of 'one-punch attack' by Ballycastle man Barry Lyttle on younger brother Patrick in Australia

By Joanne Sweeney

These are the pictures of a Co Antrim man almost killing his younger brother with a single punch seen for the first time by an Australian court yesterday.

Barry Lyttle (33) now faces up to two years in jail for the attack on his brother Patrick which left him fighting for his life earlier this year. He pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and is awaiting his sentence.

Patrick Lyttle (31) has since made a remarkable recovery from the punch that left him in a coma.

He made an emotional plea to the court to show leniency to his brother.

The brothers from Ballycastle had been travelling together in Australia but had an altercation in the early hours of January 3.

Security camera footage showed the brothers outside a Sydney nightclub talking with another man when Patrick shoved Barry. Barry retaliated by punching Patrick in the head.

As the younger brother fell to the ground hitting his head on the pavement, his distressed brother immediately rushed to his aid.

Patrick was in court in Sydney yesterday to give evidence during an emotional victim impact statement. He told the court that he would only fully heal when his brother was allowed to go home.

"When my family is healed I will be healed. Victims often want to see deterrence. But everyone can see how much my brother has suffered," he said.

The brothers now plan to travel around Ireland to talk to young people to highlight the dangers of violence should Barry be allowed to return home.

Barry Lyttle broke down in court when the prosecutor argued that a jail sentence was "the only appropriate sentence" for the 33-year-old's attack on his younger brother.

The brothers have shown remarkable solidarity following the incident which left the younger man in a coma for a week.

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