Thursday 18 January 2018

'We were close before and that hasn't changed' - Patrick and Barry Lyttle back on home soil

The Irishman left in a coma after he was assaulted by his brother in Australia has described their reunion on home soil as the "final hurdle" in his recovery.

Patrick Lyttle was visibly emotional as he received a warm reception from his family and friends in Dublin Airport.

The 31-year-old arrived was greeted by his girlfriend Maria McCaffrey, father Oliver and brother Barry, who had left him in a coma for a week after a one punch assault.

"It's nice to be home, to see the other half, the family and the brother. It's good for us all to be together," said Patrick in the arrivals hall shortly before 10pm this evening.

"For myself and for the family it has been tough. But we have come through it positively and we have got the right outcome, we are all home together."

Barry (33) pleaded guilty to recklessly causing grievous bodily harm and was last week given a 13 month suspended sentence for the attack outside a nightclub in Sydney in January.

READ MORE: ‘Now we can go home’ – Lyttle brothers to return after one-punch attack

Patrick spent a week in a coma after the attack and several months in hospital recovering form his ordeal.

Tonight, Patrick said he is "feeling great at the moment" and that he doesn't require any further follow up treatment.

He also described the support that both himself and his family have received as “fantastic” and said that he was “very touched”.

"This is just the last hurdle, for all of us to get home and now we have accomplished that," he said.

“It is only going to be stronger. This experience is just going to bring us closer together. We were close before and that hasn't changed.”

READ MORE: Don’t jail my brother for putting me in coma, punch victim Patrick Lyttle tells Sydney court

Barry had also been greeted by friends and family as he arrived in Dublin Airport on a earlier flight.

The Antrim native said he was delighted to be home and told BBC Northern Ireland that his younger brother was "grand".

"He's 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," he told the broadcaster.

"I just can't believe the welcome I've got today and it's just so good to be home.

"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."

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