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Woman held over 2006 murder of Paul McCauley in Londonderry

Published 02/09/2015

A woman has been arrested by detectives investigating the sectarian killing of a popular civil servant in Northern Ireland.
A woman has been arrested by detectives investigating the sectarian killing of a popular civil servant in Northern Ireland.

A woman has been arrested by detectives investigating the sectarian killing of a popular civil servant in Northern Ireland.

Police said the suspect, 25, was being questioned about withholding information on the murder of Paul McCauley in Londonderry in 2006.

She was detained in the city this morning, Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detective chief inspector Michael Harvey said.

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 in June.

Police stepped up their investigation following his death and have arrested eight people.

Mr Harvey said: "Our inquiries 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."

Father-of-one Mr McCauley 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.

Police later released the woman on bail pending further inquiries.

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