Paul McCauley murder: Family receive sympathy card which could prove vital to investigators

Paul McCauley in hospital
Paul McCauley in hospital
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A card sent to the family of Paul McCauley following his death last week could prove vital to the police investigation into the murder of the Derry man.

Paul McCauley passed away nine years after being viciously assaulted by a sectarian gang on Derry’s Chapel Road in 2006.

His father Jim spoke to the ‘Journal’ this morning about a sympathy card which the McCauley family received following their son’s death.

“We received hundreds of cards and letters but this one was different,” said Mr. McCauley.

“It’s very nice and very supportive but a paragraph of the letter suggested that the person had information that they would like to contribute. It’s a very nice letter and all we want to say is that if that person felt they could contribute they can come to me directly or go to the police.”

Mr. McCauley said he and his family had felt a tranquility since their son’s passing.

“We had watched Paul suffer so much,” he said.

“Now, in the cold light of reality there’s a mixture of emotions. There’s some relief, certainly, that Paul won’t be suffering any more.”

Mr. McCauley said he was encouraged by the ‘buoyant and assertive’ PSNI attitude to the current investigation.

“This is really the third phase of the inquiry. An awful lot of groundwork has been done and although there’s been a rotation in expertise with those heading up the case we hope that this phase will be constructive.”

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey is now leading the investigation into the case.

Tonight’s Spotlight programme on the BBC will focus on the death of Paul McCauley and the ongoing investigation. It will be shown at 22:35pm