Paul McCauley: Northern Irish man dies nine years after sectarian attack put him into coma

His family have said they were 'devestated' over his death

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The Independent Online

A Northern Irish man who was left in a vegetative state after he was viciously beaten in a sectarian attack in 2006 has died.

Civil servant Paul McCauley was 29 when he was attacked by a gang of youths in Chapel Road, Londonderry, after leaving a barbecue with friends.

The father-of-one suffered multiple injuries, including a brain haemorrhage and a fractured skull, leaving him unable to communicate and requiring round-the-clock care.

His family have said although they were prepared for his death they were devastated, adding that there were “mixed emotions”.

“This has now changed from a murder bid into a murder case,” Mr McCauley’s father Jim told reporters this morning.

Only one man, Daryl Proctor, was ever charged for the attack on Mr McCauley and two other men outside the barbecue.

Proctor, who was given a 12-year prison sentence following his conviction, was released in February this year.

PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) chief constable George Hamilton apologised to Mr McCauley’s family last year for failing to bring more people to justice for the attack.