Thursday 8 December 2016

A brave family shows us why crime should never pay

Celine Cawley's brutal death at the hands of her husband exposed an injustice in Irish law

Published 26/07/2015 | 02:30

‘Lillis emerged from prison with more than €1m in assets — arguably Ireland’s richest killer’
‘Lillis emerged from prison with more than €1m in assets — arguably Ireland’s richest killer’

It's a coping mechanism, perhaps, but my brain has a tendency to try to forget what I see and hear during criminal trials.

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Members of the public can queue for hours to attend a trial - the recent murder trial of Graham Dwyer was one such circus that would have made Les Tricoteuses blush. I try to flee court at the earliest opportunity, feeling no small amount of shame for intruding - as journalists must to a certain degree when covering court cases - on the grief and privacy of families.

But there are some court scenes that are hard to forget.

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