Police leaflet drop in Paul McCauley probe

Paul McCauley, who was attacked by a gang in 2006, passed away last month.
Paul McCauley, who was attacked by a gang in 2006, passed away last month.

Police investigating the murder of Paul McCauley in Derry are conducting a leaflet drop in parts of the city this morning.

Uniformed officers are distributing leaflets to properties in the Fountain Estate and in the Irish Street area, close to the location where Paul was seriously assaulted in a sectarian attack in 2006.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey from Serious Crime Branch, said: “Our enquiries into Paul’s murder are progressing with a focussed momentum.

“A total of six people have been arrested since Paul died last month. One man has been charged with murder; another will be reported to the Public Prosecution Service; the other four individuals have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

“Today’s leaflet drop is part of our renewed attempts to reach out to those individuals who we believe have information about the attack on Paul and his friends and those involved. Detectives are available to speak with anyone who decides they want to talk to us.”

Paul (38) died last month in a care facility almost nine years after the attack in July 2006.

He was attending a summer BBQ at the rear of a house at Chapel Road on July 15, 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.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Maydown police station on the non-emergency 101 number or use the independent Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111 if they do not want to provide their details.