A 30-year-old man charged with the murder of Derry man Paul McCauley has appeared at the city’s Magistrate’s Court for a preliminary enquiry.

Matthew Brian Gillen, who resides in England but has an address on his charge sheet of Bonds Street in Derry, appeared in court charged with murdering Paul McCauley.  The court was told his address in England could not be made public as ‘threats’ have been issued against him in the past.

Father-of-one, Mr McCauley, was 29-years-old when he was attacked at a friend's barbecue in 2006 and left in a persistent vegetative state.  He died nine years later in a care facility on June 6, 2015.

At a previous court hearing District Judge Barney McElholm described the case as a 'serious assault motivated by sectarian hatred'.

Two other men have also been charged in connection with the case.

Appearing today, Gillen was asked whether he objected to the holding of a preliminary enquiry, to which he answered ‘no’.

A Public Prosecutor said there was a case to answer, and a prima facie case was accepted by a defence barrister Sean Doherty.

The defendant was asked whether he wanted to respond to the allegations, give evidence or call witnesses.  On each occasion, Gillen answered ‘no’.

Mr Doherty said there are concurrent proceedings which are ongoing ‘for other offences arising from the same night, for which he is on bail’.

The holding summons was marked withdrawn and the defendant granted his own bail of £750 with a £750 surety.  His bail address was not read out in court as he has had ‘threats made against him’ in the past, his defence barrister said.

However, he must reside at the address on his summons ‘or such other address as agreed by the PSNI, as he works in England and moves about’.

As part of his bail conditions, the 30-year-old must sign at North Kent Police Station once a week.

The accused will be returned for his arraignment at a Crown Court sitting in Belfast on a date to be fixed.

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