Diigo Post Excerpt:
Charges against a Galway man who pleaded guilty to raping his niece have been withdrawn after the girl later admitted she was lying.
The girl, who is now aged 18, told gardaí that her mother made her file a complaint to gardaí and social services 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 to rape and serious sexual assault, including penetrating the girl’s anus with his penis, at a house in Galway city between September 1st, 2004 and February 28th, 2005.