In tonight’s (10th August) episode of Coronation Street, Stu Carpenter (Bill Fellows), who was attempting to prove his innocence to Yasmeen Metcalfe (Shelley King), was detained.
After seeing Stu’s picture in the neighborhood Gazette and learning about his relationship with Yasmeen, Stu’s ex-wife Lucy Woodrow (Lynda Rooke) showed up at Speed Daal.
When she revealed that Stu served time in prison for murder a number of years ago, it astounded Yasmeen and her granddaughter Alya Nazir (Sair Khan).
Although Stu insisted he did nothing wrong, Yasmeen ultimately accepted Lucy’s account of what happened and disowned Stu. Stu was left feeling alone and hopeless as a result, but his friend Kelly Neelan (Millie Gibson), who found him drunk and in need of medical attention on the streets, didn’t give up on him.
But after Kelly interfered by speaking to Yasmeen, Stu angrily urged her to leave.
Kelly visited with Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank) tonight at the hospital and requested his assistance in finding Stu safe housing. He was delighted to assist, but Kelly made it clear that she wouldn’t be going with him to see Stu because of his critical remarks.
Billy continued by telling Stu that even though he might have felt alone and unsupported throughout his confinement, he now had Kelly looking out for him and should value her more.
When Stu left the hospital, Todd Grimshaw (Gareth Pierce) urged him to get the message and leave. Stu went to Kelly but got no response.
As an alternative, Stu went to the Nazirs to get a watch he had had since he was in the Navy. However, when Yasmeen got home, she became alarmed and told him to leave.
She insisted that she needed to hear Stu’s side of the story first, but Stu wouldn’t budge. He acknowledged having an affair with Charlie, the murdered young woman.
However, he went on to say that a detective by the name of Lennox, who was later forced into an early retirement, compelled him to admit to killing her.
As Yasmeen listened, she made a low-key call to her grandson Zeedan (Qasim Akhtar), who arrived at the residence with police officer Craig Tinker (Colson Smith).
While Stu was still arguing his point, Craig arrested him for disturbing the peace, and after Stu had left, Yasmeen urged Zeedan to throw away his watch.
Zeedan questioned her over Stu’s ranting, asking if they were truly free of him. Or does his allegation of police corruption have greater substance? Stu might not have been guilty after all.