27/07/2006

Four arrested over Derry barbecue attack

Four people have been arrested in Londonderry as part of police investigations into an attack in which a man was seriously injured.

Paul McCauley, 29, was beaten unconscious by a gang of around eight people after attending a going-away barbecue for a friend in the Waterside area of Derry on July 16.

Mr McCauley, a Catholic, suffered serious head injuries when he was kicked and punched as he sat in the garden of a house at Chapel Road after the party. He remains in a coma and his condition is described as "critical."

Police have confirmed that they are treating the attack as attempted murder.

Two of the victims friends were also attacked during the incident.

One sustained a fractured jaw, while the other was left badly bruised.

Police are treating the attack as sectarian.

The three men and a juvenile were arrested in the Fountain area of the city and are currently being questioned in connection to the incident.

(EF/SP)

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