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Murdered: Paul McCauley

Murdered: Paul McCauley

Paul McCauley in hospital after the attack

Paul McCauley in hospital after the attack

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Murdered: Paul McCauley

A second Londonderry man has admitted his involvement in the death of Catholic civil servant Paul McCauley.

Mr McCauley died nine years after a sectarian attack left him in a coma from which he never awoke.

However, a charge of murdering the 38-year-old father of one, was allowed to "remain on the books", when Matthew Brian Gillon of Bond Street, in the Waterside area of the city, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter on Thursday.

The 31-year-old also pleaded guilty to attacking two of Mr McCauley's friends who were also injured when a gang of loyalists stormed the barbecue they were attending in the Chapel Road area of the Waterside on July 16, 2005.

Gillon was remanded into custody to be sentenced in November along with his co-accused 28-year-old Piper John McClements from The Fountain Estate, who on Wednesday pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr McCauley who died on June 6 2015.

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