Man charged with sectarian murder of civil servant

Paul McCauley
Paul McCauley

A 28-year-old man has been charged with the sectarian murder of a Catholic civil servant.

Paul McCauley was left in a vegetative state after being beaten by loyalists in Londonderry’s Waterside area in 2006. He died in June aged 38.

The suspect is also expected to face charges of grievous bodily harm and attempted grievous bodily harm when he appears before Londonderry Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning.

A 61-year-old man arrested in England on Wednesday has been charged with withholding information and is due in court on May 4.

A 27-year-old man also questioned about the attack was released on bail pending a report being submitted to the Public Prosecution Service.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey, from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch, said: “Our enquiries are ongoing and we continue to appeal to anyone with information about the events in Chapel Road on 15 July 2006 and their aftermath to come forward and talk to us.”

Father-of-one Mr McCauley was 29 when he attended a 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 and died last year.

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 Derry, has been charged with the civil servant’s murder.

A total of 17 people have been detained since Mr McCauley’s death last year.