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Paul McCauley murder: Woman arrested on suspicion of withholding information released on bail

Published 02/09/2015

Paul McCauley in a coma in hospital
Paul McCauley in a coma in hospital

A 25-year-old woman has been arrested by detectives investigating the sectarian killing of Paul McCauley on suspicion of withholding information.

Mr McCauley was beaten by a gang of up to 15 at a barbecue in the Waterside area of Londonderry nine years ago.

He was left in a permanent vegetative state and died last month in a nursing home at the age of 38.

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

The gang 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.

The latest arrest takes the total number of people arrested since Mr McCauley died in June 2015 to eight.

The woman has been taken to Strand Road Police Station for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey said: "This arrest means that a total of eight people have been arrested since Paul died in June 2015.

"While this woman currently remains in custody, one man has been charged with murder, another will be reported to the PPS, four individuals have been released on police bail pending further enquiries and one man has been released unconditionally.

“Our enquiries into this murder are very much ongoing and I would like to thank those people who have so far come forward since Paul’s death to assist us.

"I would continue to ask anyone with any information to contact detectives at Maydown Police Station on the non emergency number 101 or use the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

On Wednesday afternoon the woman was released on bail pending further police enquiries.

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