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Paul McCauley: Man charged with murder of Derry civil servant

Published 07/04/2016

Paul McCauley remained in a vegetative state after the vicious sectarian attack in 2006. He passed away in June 2015
Paul McCauley remained in a vegetative state after the vicious sectarian attack in 2006. He passed away in June 2015

A man have been charged with murder of civil servant Paul McCauley who died nine years after being beaten by a loyalist mob as he attended a barbecue in Northern Ireland.

Mr McCauley, a Catholic, spent almost a decade in a vegetative state after being beaten by loyalists in Londonderry's Waterside area in 2006. He died in June aged 38.

A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder, grievous bodily harm and attempted grievous bodily harm. He will appear at Londonderry Magistrates Court on Friday morning.

A 61-year-old man arrested in England on Wednesday has been charged with withholding information. He will appear at Londonderry Court on 4 May.

A 27-year-old man also being questioned has been released on bail pending a report being submitted to the Public Prosecution Service.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey, from Serious Crime Branch, said: "Our enquiries are ongoing and we continue to appeal to anyone with information about the events in Chapel Road on 15 July 2006 and their aftermath to come forward and talk to us."

Mr McCauley  died last June in a care facility almost nine years after the attack. One man has already been charged with Paul’s murder and another reported to the PPS.

Father-of-one Mr McCauley was 29 when he attended a 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 and died last year.

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 Derry, has been charged with the civil servant's murder.

A total of 16 people have been detained since Mr McCauley's death last year.

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