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Monday 26 September 2016

Don't jail my brother for putting me in coma, Irishman tells Sydney court

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An Irishman has pleaded guilty in an Australian court to charges relating to a one-punch attack on his brother.

Barry Lyttle admitted the charge of causing grievous bodily harm, for which the maximum sentence is two years in prison.

Mr Lyttle (33) accepted that following an argument with his brother in the early hours of January 3, he inflicted one punch to his head.

Patrick stumbled backwards and hit his head on the pavement, suffering a serious injury.

Despite medics initially not holding out much hope for his recovery, he made a remarkable turnaround.

Patrick told the sentencing hearing in Sydney this morning that the only way for him to heal fully was for his brother to be allowed to go home.

"When my family is healed, I will be healed," he told the court during an emotional victim impact statement. "Victims often want to see deterrence, but everyone can see how much my brother has suffered."

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CCTV footage showed the two men arguing as they left a nightclub. Patrick (31) is then seen angrily shoving his older brother who responds with a single, heavy punch to his head, sending him falling backwards to the ground.

Barry, in obvious distress, immediately rushes to help his stricken brother.

Patrick told the court that, should his brother be allowed to go home, they plan to travel around the country together speaking to young people about the devastating consequences of violence.

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