Paul McCauley murder: 24-year-old arrested

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Detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating the sectarian murder of Paul McCauley in Londonderry have arrested a 24 year old man in the city this morning.

Paul died last month in a care facility almost nine years after an attack in July 2006.

Paul was 29 and attending a summer BBQ at the rear of a house in Chapel Road on 15 July 2006. At 3.20am on 16 July, only three people remained at the BBQ. A group of up to 15 people came from out of the bushes and attacked Paul and two of his friends. After the assault the group made off in the direction of Irish Street.

The suspect was arrested in the Fountain area of the city this morning and has been taken to Strand Road police station for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey, from Serious Crime Branch, said: “After Paul’s tragic death last month, the investigation has taken on a renewed impetus. We are following a definite line of enquiry 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.

Information can be given to the enquiry team at Maydown police station on the non-emergency number, 101, or by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”