Dearbhail McDonald: Sights and sounds you can never erase
The most experienced reporter can still be distressed by evidence heard in court.
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.