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Irishman cries as he is granted bail over alleged punch that left brother critical

Their father Oliver said it is great that Barry Lyttle is out of police custody.

Updated 11pm

AN IRISH MAN has been granted bail after 48 hours in police custody over an alleged punch that left his brother in a coma.

Barry Lyttle allegedly punched his brother Patrick in Sydney at 3am on Saturday morning, local time. He and his father Oliver had travelled to Australia five days earlier to visit Patrick.

Patrick is currently on life support in hospital, having undergone surgery.

“It’s great that he’s out,” their father Oliver told Australian media outside the court,  before thanking people for their sympathy

ABC Australia reports that Barry was charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm. He had a low blood alcohol level at the time.

The Sydney Morning Herald described how Barry “cried during his court appearance”, adding that his lawyer indicated that Lyttle was devastated over what happened.

It is believed Barry and Oliver Lyttle went to Patrick’s bedside in hospital following the court hearing.

Barry will reappear in court on 20 January, according to Australian media reports.

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