On January 3rd this year, Antrim man, Barry Lyttle allegedly punched brother Patrick, before he fell backwards banging his head leaving the 31-year-old in a critical condition in a Sydney hospital.
Patrick had been travelling around Australia for a couple of months before his brother Barry and father Oliver came to visit. Barry was charged with one count of assault causing grievous bodily harm but was granted bail.
Barry appeared in court today for the first time since he was released on bail, an appearance which was attended by his girlfriend and his father,where his application to move closer to his brothers hospital was granted.
Barry had been staying in his aunts home in Blacktown, western Sydney. However the court was told Mr Lyttle’s aunt was ill and so her home was no longer a suitable place for Barry to stay.
He is now allowed move closer to his brother in St Vincent’s Hospital.
Thankfully Patrick has now woken from a coma and his father said he was now communicating.
The case will return to court in February.
Updated story on our recent article:http://theliberal.ie/trip-of-a-lifetime-goes-wrong-as-irish-tourist-fighting-for-his-life/