01 Oct 2022

Duo guilty of involvement in Paul McCauley killing to be sentenced


Two men who have pleaded guilty to their involvement in the killing of Paul McCauley during a savage assault in the Waterside area of the city twelve years ago will be sentenced tomorrow.

Paul McCauley who was 30-years-old and a father-of-one, was left in a permanently vegetative state as a result of the brutal attack on July 16, 2006.

The civil servant passed away nine years later in June, 2015 at Longfield Care Home in Eglinton surrounded by his family and friends.

Piper John McClements (28) whose address is given on court papers as The Fountain, and who was previously known as Daryl Proctor, pleaded guilty to murdering Mr McCauley on the first day of his trial on September 19 this year.

McClements has already been given a life sentence for the crime but will learn the length of time he must serve before being released from prison tomorrow morning.

Matthew Brian Gillen (31) of Bonds Street in Derry, will also learn his fate having pleaded guilty to manslaughter, as well as a count of inflicting grievous bodily harm to one of Paul McCauley's friends and a count of causing actual bodily harm to another friend of the deceased.

Gillen also admitted his guilt on the firstly of his trial on September 20 this year. He had originally denied a charge of murder, but later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter on the grounds that he had participated in an unlawful attack.

In the first case of its kind here, Piper John McClements will receive a sentence for murder after having already been sentenced to a 13-year term having pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to the same case.

Then known as Daryl Proctor, he was just shy of being 16-years-old when he took part in the attack on Paul McCauley.

He was 18 when sentenced to 12 years detention in 2009 at Hydebank Young Offenders Centre with an additional one year Probation Order.

In relation to the sentencing of Proctor for grievous bodily harm with intent court papers stated:"The Court having considered a pre-sentence report is of the opinion where the offence is a violent or sexual offence, that only a custodial sentence would be adequate to protect the public from harm from the said defendant."

Both McClements and Gillen are due to be sentenced by Justice Adrian Colton at Laganside Court on Friday morning at 11am.

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