Two men have been sentenced today, Friday 21 December, at Laganside Crown Court for their role in the murder of Paul McCauley in Derry/L’Derry. Paul was attacked at a friend’s barbecue in the early hours of 16 July 2006 and suffered severe head injuries, leaving him in a vegetative state. Over the next nine years Paul’s condition slowly deteriorated and Paul sadly passed away in June 2015.
Piper John McClements (28), previously known as Daryl Proctor, from Derry/L’Derry pleaded guilty to the murder of Paul McCauley. Prior to Paul’s death McClements was previously charged with the attempted murder of Paul and was convicted at Londonderry Crown Court sitting at Belfast on 6th February 2009. He served six years in prison of a 12 year sentence. Today he was sentenced to serve a further three years in prison for murder. Matthew Gillen (31) from Derry/L’Derry pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, half to be served in prison and half on licence.