Woman arrested in Derry over 2006 Paul McAuley murder

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Paul McAuley
Paul McAuley

A 25-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of withholding information in connection with the brutal murder of Paul McAuley in Derry.

Mr McAuley was attacked by a gang in 2006 as he attended a friend's barbecue.

The 38-year-old Catholic spent almost a decade in a vegetative state after he was beaten by loyalists at the party in the Waterside.

He died in a care home in June of this year. 

Police stepped up their investigation following Mr McCauley's death.

The father-of-one was 29 when he attended the barbecue for a friend who was moving away from Northern Ireland.

A gang of up to 15 people emerged from nearby bushes and attacked him and two friends as they were clearing up after the meal in the early hours of the morning.

He suffered severe head injuries.

Mr McCauley's family has pursued a long campaign for justice.

Today, detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder said the woman arrested has been taken to Strand Road Police Station for questioning.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey said: "This arrest means that a total of eight people have been arrested since Paul died in June 2015. While this woman currently remains in custody, one man has been charged with murder, another will be reported to the PPS, four individuals have been released on police bail pending further enquiries and one man has been released unconditionally. 

“Our enquiries into this murder are very much ongoing and I would like to thank those people who have so far come forward since Paul’s death to assist us. 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.”