Trio in court over sectarian murder of Paul McCauley
Three men appeared at a preliminary enquiry hearing at Londonderry Magistrates' Court on Thursday on charges linked to the sectarian murder of Catholic civil servant Paul McCauley.
Mr McCauley, a father of one, died from brain injuries on June 6, 2015 after nine years in a coma.
He sustained fatal injuries when he and two friends were assaulted by members of a Loyalist gang during a barbecue at Chapel Road in the Waterside area of the city on July 16, 2006.
Two of the three defendants have been jointly charged with murdering Mr McCauley. They are 26-year-old Piper John McClements from the Fountain Estate in Derry and 30-year-old Matthew Brian Gillen from Bond Street in the Waterside.
They are alleged to have murdered Mr McCauley on June 6, 2016, the day the victim died while in care.
Gillen is further charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and with causing attempted grievous bodily harm with intent on the two other men who were injured in the same incident on July 16, 2006.
The third defendant, 62-year-old businessman Charles Buckingham from Nash Court Gardens in Margate in Kent, is charged with withholding information about Mr McCauley's murder. He's alleged to have committed the offence on December 16, 2015.
All three defendants told District Judge Barney McElholm that they understood the charges against them. They said they did not wish to call any witnesses at this time and all three replied "no" when asked if they had anything to saw in relation to the charges.
Solicitors for the three defendants said they accepted the defendants had a prima facie case to answer.
All three were released on continuing bail until they're arraigned on the charges at the Crown Court in Derry on August 29.
Belfast Telegraph Digital