Belfast Telegraph

Two quizzed over sectarian murder of beating victim

By Eamonn MacDermott

Two people arrested in connection with the sectarian murder of a civil servant are being questioned by police.

Paul McCauley (38) died last month in a care facility after remaining in a coma since the attack in Londonderry on July 15, 2006.

He was attending a summer barbecue at the rear of a house in Chapel Road when a group of up to 15 people came from out of the bushes at 3.20am and attacked Paul and two of his friends.

Two men, aged 28 and 36, were arrested in Derry and Coleraine on Thursday morning on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

A 27-year-old woman was also arrested on Wednesday night in Derry on suspicion of withholding information. She was released last night on police bail pending further inquiries.

They were all taken to Strand Road police station for questioning.

Following the death of Mr McCauley on June 6 police announced that they were now conducting a murder investigation and appealed for information from the public.

After the attack Mr McCauley never regained consciousness and spent the last nine years in a persistent vegetative state in care facilities.

The officer leading the murder investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey, said: "I want to thank those individuals who have come forward with information regarding the murder of Paul McCauley and attempted murder of his two friends.

"This is a very active investigation.

"I would like to make a further appeal for information from anyone who was at or near the scene of the brutal attack on Paul and his two friends which occurred at 105 Chapel Road in Londonderry.

"I am appealing in particular to those individuals who were in the Irish Street area of Londonderry on July 16, 2006 between 1am and 4.30am who may have crucial information regarding this investigation.

"Please come forward and tell us what you saw or heard or what you know. People can contact detectives at Maydown on the non-emergency 101 number or use the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they prefer to provide information anonymously."

One man has been charged with Mr McCauley's murder and appeared in court last Saturday.

24-year-old Piper John McClements - formerly known as Daryl Proctor - whose address was given as the Fountain, was granted bail.

The court heard it was the first time someone in Northern Ireland who had been convicted of an assault was then charged with murder after the victim's death.

The accused had previously pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Mr McCauley and served a sentence.

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