Paul McCauley: Defence request murder charge to be dropped.

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Defence solicitors representing the man charged with the murder of Derry man Paul McCauley have requested that the charges against their client be dropped.

Piper John McClements, of The Fountain, is charged with the murder of Mr McCauley on June 6 2006.

Mr McCauley was attacked and beaten at a barbeque in the Chapel Road area of the Waterside.

He remained in a vegetative state for nine years before his death in June this year.

McClements, 25, was previously convicted of causing grievous bodily harm to Mr McCauley and served a prison sentence for this.

Derry Magistrates Court heard this morning how defence solicitors have written to the PPS to request that the murder charge be dropped.

The PPS responded to the request last week, stating they had not made a decision yet on whether or not to engage counsel on the matter.

The case has been adjourned until November 16 for legal arguments - and will be reviewed prior to this on November 2.

Legal arguments are expected to take a number of hours.