Detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder of Paul McCauley in Derry in 2006 have arrested a 26 year old man in the city this morning. He has been taken to Coleraine police station for questioning.
The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey said: “This arrest brings the number of people who have been arrested since Paul died last June to nine. To date, one man has been charged with murder and another reported to the Public Prosecution Service.
“Our enquiries into this murder are very much ongoing and I would like to thank those people who have so far come forward to assist us since Paul’s death. I would continue to ask anyone with any information to contact detectives at Maydown police station on the non-emergency number 101 or use the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Paul (38) died last June in a care facility almost nine years after an attack in July 2006. He was 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 number of individuals came out from the bushes and attacked Paul and two of his friends. After the assault the group made off in the direction of Irish Street.
DCI Harvey said: “The momentum in this investigation is continuing. Detectives are available to speak with anyone who decides they want to talk to us. Even after nine and a half years, it is not too late to do the right thing and come forward.”
During earlier investigations, prior to Paul’s death, a total of 19 suspects were arrested.