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Irishman Barry Lyttle allowed to move closer to his brother recovering in hospital

The 33-year-old appeared in court today after allegedly punching his brother Patrick in the head following a minor disagreement outside a Sydney nightclub.

BARRY LYTTLE APPEARED in court in Australia today where he was granted permission to move closer to his brother Patrick in hospital.

The Antrim man is charged with causing grievous bodily harm to his brother after he allegedly punched the 31-year-old after a minor disagreement outside a nightclub on January 3.

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson was told the Director of Public Prosecutions has elected to prosecute the case in the District Court.

That means the 33-year-old could face higher penalties if found guilty than if the matter was held in the Local Court.

Barry’s father and girlfriend were present in the Downing Centre Local Court today along with several friends and family members.

Barry and their father Oliver were visiting Patrick in Australia when the incident happened.

Patrick’s condition was initially described as critical, but he has since regained consciousness.

Outside court it’s reported that Oliver Lyttle told the press that Patrick is doing very well and is communicating.

Barry Lyttle is due to appear in court again next month.

First published 10.05am

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