28/07/2006

Two released in attempted murder probe

Two people who were arrested in connection with inquiries into the attempted murder of a man in Londonderry two weeks ago, have been released on police bail.

Two others are still being held by police for questioning over the incident.

The three men and a juvenile were arrested in the Fountain area of the city yesterday.

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 incident as a sectarian attack.

(EF/SP)

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