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Man admits murder of Catholic civil servant Paul McCauley

Murder victim Paul McCauley

A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting the murder of Derry civil servant Paul McCauley.

Piper John McClements, who was previously known as Daryl Proctor, pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial yesterday.

Mr McCauley, a Catholic father-of-one, was injured in a sectarian attack at a barbecue in Derry in 2006 and died in June 2015, nine years after he was left in a coma from which he never awoke.

McClements, who has already served a jail term in connection with the case, was sentenced yesterday at Derry Crown Court sitting in Belfast, for the murder of his victim.

From The Fountain estate in Derry, McClements - who was originally jailed under his former name of Daryl Proctor - hung his head as he pleaded guilty to the murder.

Defence QC Martin O'Rourke had asked for the murder charge to be put to McClements again, just as his trial was due to get underway.

Following the guilty plea, Mr Justice Colton told McClements that under law, he must impose a sentence of life imprisonment, but that a tariff hearing would be held in the future to determine how long he will spent in prison before being considered eligible for release.

Mr O'Rourke applied for pre-sentence reports and told the court the defence may be obtaining medical reports on his client.

Meanwhile the trial of a second Derry man, 31-year old Matthew Brian Gillen of Bond Street, was adjourned at the request of the prosecution, but is due to commence today.

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