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Paul McCauley barbecue murder probe: Two men arrested

Published 30/07/2015

Piper John McClements, 24, has been charged with Mr McCauley's murder
Piper John McClements, 24, has been charged with Mr McCauley's murder

Two men have been arrested by detectives investigating the sectarian killing of a popular civil servant in Northern Ireland.

Police said the 46 and 27-year-olds are being questioned about the murder of Paul McCauley in Londonderry in 2006.

They were detained in the Waterside and Fountain area of the city, PSNI detective chief inspector Michael Harvey said. A property was searched in the Waterside.

Mr McCauley, a 38-year-old Catholic, spent almost a decade in a vegetative state after he was beaten by loyalists at a barbecue in the Waterside. He died in a care home last month.

Police stepped up their investigation following Mr McCauley's death.

The father-of-one was 29 when he attended the barbecue for a friend who was moving away from Northern Ireland.

A gang of up to 15 people emerged from nearby bushes and attacked him and two friends as they were clearing up after the meal in the early hours of the morning. He suffered severe head injuries.

Mr McCauley's family has pursued a long campaign for justice.

Piper John McClements, 24, previously known as Daryl Proctor, from the Fountain area of the city, has been charged with Mr McCauley's murder.

Three other people arrested as part of the renewed investigation are on police bail pending further inquiries.

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