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Dearbhail McDonald: Sights and sounds you can never erase

Published 27/12/2015 | 02:30

DEPRAVED: The trial this year of Graham Dwyer piqued public curiosity like no other
DEPRAVED: The trial this year of Graham Dwyer piqued public curiosity like no other

The most experienced reporter can still be distressed by evidence heard in court.

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Every so often, I am asked which of the legal cases I have covered in this writing life has 'got to me' the most.

I try not to think about it, in part because covering the courts requires professional skills of objectivity and of detachment. I also detest the cult of prurience as well as the galling hierarchies that can surround certain trials at the expense of lesser publicised, but not any lesser griefs.

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