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Man (24) is charged with brutal sectarian murder of tragic Paul McCauley

By Donna Deeney

Published 18/07/2015

Accused: McClements
Accused: McClements

Police investigating the murder of Paul McCauley nine years ago in Londonderry have charged a man with the crime.

John McClements (24), formerly known as Daryl Proctor, will appear at the Magistrates Court in Derry today where the charge of murder will be put to him.

McClements was arrested at his home in the the Fountain estate on Thursday morning, nine years to the day after the attack on Mr McCauley.

A short statement from the PSNI said: "A 24-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Paul McCauley and is to appear at Londonderry Magistrates Court on Saturday."

Father-of-one Mr McCauley, who was 29 at the time, was attending a summer barbecue at the rear of a house in Chapel Road in the Waterside area of the city to celebrate a friend's new job when the attack took place.

A mob of up to 15 loyalists attacked Mr McCauley and two other men.

Mr McCauley's beating was so severe he actually "died" twice from his injuries and had to be resuscitated.

His friends were also injured, with one suffering a broken jaw.

After the assault the group of thugs made off in the direction of Irish Street.

The Catholic civil servant had remained in a persistent vegetative state since the attack, unable to move or communicate, and needing 24-hour nursing care. The investigation was up-scaled to a murder inquiry in June this year when Mr McCauley died in a care facility where he received around-the-clock attention.

Police on Thursday said the investigation had "taken on a renewed impetus" since Mr McCauley's death last month.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey said: "This is a very challenging investigation, especially with the passing of time.

"But we are fully committed to exploring all avenues and opportunities and I would appeal to everyone in the community, if they have any information to give, come forward and contact detectives."

Paul's parents Jim and Cathy McCauley, who have been outspoken in calling for justice for their son, are not expected to attend today's court hearing.

They have expressed an intention to attend any further proceedings if and when the case moves to another stage.

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