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Man who punched brother, putting him into a coma, returns to Ireland

“I’m looking forward to my life again,” says Barry Lyttle.

AN ANTRIM MAN who received a suspended sentence in Australia for punching his brother so hard he went into a coma has returned to Ireland.

Barry Lyttle had pleaded guilty to recklessly causing grievous bodily harm to his brother Patrick with one punch while out socialising with him and their father in Sydney earlier this year.

Speaking to RTÉ News on his arrival in Dublin today, he said he was “totally delighted” to be back in Ireland.

His brother was following him on a later flight and will get “an even bigger welcome”.

“It could have been different, we have to thank God and thank everyone for the support we got. It really pulled everyone through – dad, Patrick and I.

It’s good to be back. It’s really, really good to be back.
I’m looking forward to my life again.

The 33-year-old Antrim man avoided jail last week as the judge handed him a 13-month suspended sentence and a good behaviour bond.

Read: ‘We’re delighted we’re allowed to go home now’: Barry Lyttle escapes jail in Australia

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