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Daryl Proctor charged with Paul McCauley murder

By Donna Deeney

A man has been charged with the murder of Paul McCauley in Londonderry nine years ago.

The 24-year-old who was arrested yesterday morning is Daryl Proctor.

Mr McCauley died nine years after he was severely beaten in an allegedly sectarian attack in the city in 2006, which left him in a vegetative state.

Proctor, also known as John McClements, was arrested on the anniversary of the brutal attack.

Detectives made the arrest in the Fountain Estate in Derry and took Proctor to Strand Road police station for questioning.

Father-of-one Mr McCauley - who was 29 at the time - was attending a summer BBQ at the rear of a house in Chapel Road celebrating his friend's new job.

Under cover of darkness at 3.20am, a 15-strong gang came from out of the bushes and attacked Paul and two of his friends before making their getaway in the direction of loyalist Irish Street.

Police up-scaled the investigation to a murder inquiry following Paul's death on June 7 this year and this latest arrest has come as a result of information received since then.

A new team of detectives, led by Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey, was appointed to investigate the attack after a meeting between the Chief Constable and the McCauley family.

DCI Harvey said: "After Paul's tragic death last month, the investigation has taken on a renewed impetus.

"We are following a definite line of inquiry and we are grateful to those individuals who came forward with information in the immediate aftermath of Paul's death.

"But we can never have too much information about the events of that night nine years ago if we are to get justice for Paul.

"There may be other opportunities to gather information, either because of a change in someone's circumstances or a qualm of conscience.

"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, come forward and contact detectives."

Detectives investigating Mr McCauley's murder continue their appeal to the public for information and ask anyone who can help to contact the inquiry team at Maydown police station on the non-emergency number 101, or by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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