Diigo Post Excerpt:
A Galway man who pleaded guilty to raping his niece has been allowed to change his plea after the complainant admitted she had been lying.
The girl, who is now aged 18, told gardaí that her mother made her file a complaint when she was about ten years old claiming her uncle had abused her.
The 41-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had maintained his innocence until the trial but pleaded guilty on the day because he said he was "completely terrified" of going to prison.
He believed a guilty plea offered the best chance of avoiding a jail sentence.
He had pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape and serious sexual assault at a house in Galway city on a date between 1 September 2004 and 28 February 2005.