'Drop charge on Paul McCauley murder' solicitor tells court
A solicitor representing a man charged with the murder of a Catholic civil servant has told a court he will seek to have the murder charge against his client dropped.
Piper John McClements - formerly known as Daryl Proctor, from the Fountain Estate in Londonderry, is charged with the murder of Paul McCauley, who died in June.
Mr McCauley (38) died nine years after he was beaten in a sectarian attack while attending a barbecue in the Chapel Road area of the city. He never regained consciousness after the attack.
Detectives investigating his murder believe that 15 people were involved in the attack on Mr McCauley (below) and on his group of friends.
In Londonderry Magistrates Court yesterday, defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told District Judge Barney McElholm that he had recently served papers on the Public Prosecution Service on foot of which he would be seeking an order to the effect that the legal proceedings against his 25-year-old client should be nullified.
Mr Quigley said the PPS would require time to respond to his skeleton argument.
The solicitor applied for a date to be fixed to hear his application. Mr McElholm adjourned the case until October 26 to enable a date to be fixed for the application hearing.