Friday 9 December 2016

Punch ordeal 'only made us stronger'- Patrick and Barry Lyttle return home

Published 30/04/2015 | 02:30

The Irishman who was 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.

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Patrick Lyttle was visibly emotional as he received a warm reception from a large group of family and friends in Dublin Airport shortly before 10pm last night.

The 31-year-old was greeted by his girlfriend, father, older brother Barry and other family members as he arrived back to Ireland for the first time since he was hospitalised by his brother in January.

Barry (33) was recently given a 13 month suspended sentence in the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney for the "one punch" attack outside a nightclub in Sydney earlier this year.

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The Co Antrim native had pleaded guilty to recklessly causing grievous bodily harm.

29/4/15 Patrick Lyttle arrives home at Dublin Airport from Australia, welcomed by his family and friends. Picture:Arthur Carron
29/4/15 Patrick Lyttle arrives home at Dublin Airport from Australia, welcomed by his family and friends. Picture:Arthur Carron
Barry (left) and Patrick Lyttle with their father Oliver at Dublin Airport after arriving home from Australia. Picture:Arthur Carron
Patrick Lyttle arrives home at Dublin Airport from Australia, welcomed by his family and friends. Picture: Arthur Carron
Patrick Lyttle with his father Oliver as he arrives home at Dublin Airport from Australia. Picture: Arthur Carron
Patrick and Barry Lyttle at Dublin Airport after arriving home from Australia. Picture: Arthur Carron
Patrick Lyttle arrives home at Dublin Airport from Australia, welcomed by his family and friends. Picture: Arthur Carron
Patrick Lyttle arrives home at Dublin Airport from Australia, welcomed by his family and friends. Picture: Arthur Carron
Barry (left) and Patrick Lyttle with their father Oliver at Dublin Airport after arriving home from Australia. Picture: Arthur Carron
Barry Lyttle thanked his supporters for standing by him during the court case Credit: BBC Northern Ireland
Family and friends wait for Patrick Lyttle to return from Australia
Patrick Lyttle outside St Vincent’s Hospital with his brother Barry, father Oliver and sister Karen McHugh. Photo: Facebook
Barry Lyttle hugs his father
Barry Lyttle (left) with his brother Patrick outside the courthouse in Australia

"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," Patrick said last night.

"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."

Patrick spent a week in a coma after the incident.

Medics had initially feared the worst, but he has since made a full recovery.

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

He said the bond between him and his brother "is only going to be stronger". He described the support shown to his family in recent months was "fantastic" and said that he was touched by it.

"This is just the last hurdle, for all of us to get home and now we have accomplished that. This experience is just going to bring us closer together. We were close before and that hasn't changed," he added.

Barry arrived into Dublin on an earlier flight yesterday evening and said it was "so good to be home".

"I'd just like to thank everybody for all the support Patrick and I have got," he added.

"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."

Irish Independent

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