Friday 22 September 2017

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

‘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’
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

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

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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