February 2013: In the Irish Republic, a woman tells a solicitor she has “done something terrible” to her brother. This is a remarkable case. For the usual reasons, no names are given.

The woman had told the police her brother had raped her daughter, his niece, a story that was backed up initially by the girl. He was charged with raping the child between September 1, 2004 and February 28, 2005. The man appears to have had a drink problem, and couldn’t remember what he was doing at the time, although he must surely have known he had not done something so terrible.

All the same, he pleaded guilty because he thought that was the best way to avoid a gaol sentence - as if. When the mother - and the daughter - recanted, the court allowed his guilty plea to be withdrawn. When asked why she had put her young daughter up to this, the woman replied “Because I’m an evil bitch.” She had also suffered from depression and anorexia, and wanted her brother out of the house. Regarding innocent mean pleading guilty, see in particular the case of Brian Banks, who was only a boy at the time.

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