A MAN who pleaded guilty in January of this year 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 gardai her mother made her file a complaint to gardai and social services when she was about 10 years old, claiming her uncle had abused her.
The 41-year-old Co Galway man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had maintained his innocence until the trial but pleaded guilty on the day because 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 September 1, 2004 and February 28, 2005.
Conor Devally, prosecuting, said the man's older sister approached gardai in April this year and admitted she made her young daughter write to the gardai and make allegations about her brother, because she suffered from depression and anorexia and wanted her brother out of the house.
"I told her a lot of stuff to say, to blame him and what kind of things he did. It took a lot of time to get her to understand, she didn't want to do it,," the girl's mother told gardai.
The woman admitted she had been cruel to make her daughter say this and when asked why, she replied: "Because I'm an evil bitch."
Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley granted the man's application to change his plea, and adjourned the case until next week for mention.
She remanded the man on unconditional bail, removed him from the sex offender's register and excused him from attending court on the next date.