They wanted to do right by Seanie - but did wrong by the law
Her eyes closed briefly, but otherwise there was no reaction from Aoife Maguire. But when the former Anglo official re-opened them, the bad dream hadn't gone away. She was still sitting under the bright lights of Court 19, still guilty of conspiring to hide accounts linked to her boss, Sean FitzPatrick, from the Revenue.
She was still caught in the gaze of the media, and under the scrutiny of curious members of the public who had filled the benches of the courtroom, wondering if they were about to witness something historic - the incarceration of a banker.
And Aoife Maguire, a junior cog in the big wheel that had been Anglo Irish Bank, was still going to jail for 18 months.