Stu Carpenter (Bill Fellows) is fighting to prove his innocence in Coronation Street after his time in prison was revealed.
Yasmeen (Shelley King), Alya (Sair Khan) and Zeedan (Qasim Akhtar) were all horrified to discover Stu was behind bars after confessing to the murder of a young woman – but he was determined to make his new family believe he didn’t commit the crime.
He’s been in jail again over the past few weeks, after breaching the peace and refusing to leave Yasmeen’s until she heard his side of the story.
As Alya and Zeedan work together to find evidence that proves Stu was coerced into making a confession, Yasmeen is set to slowly change her mind and support her partner – but it’s not going to be easy.
With gossip spreading, Weatherfield residents have all developed their own opinions of Stu and what happened in his past, and the next few weeks won’t make for pleasant viewing, as Bill Fellows explains:
‘It is a heartbreaking storyline because there is no winner in this and there is a lot more to come, it’s not just a case of Stu fighting to clear his name.
‘There are a lot of twists and turns, and it is very hurtful and heartbreaking for all involved.’
‘It’s very hard for Stu’, Bill adds.
‘Luckily Kelly always comes to his aid andhe is happy that Yasmeen comes to his defence, but you have to remember that Stu was in prison for the murder of a young girl who was only 20 years old so I think a lot of the neighbours are upset about that because some of them have daughters who are 18/19 years old. Dev is especially confrontational. The restaurant, Speed Daal, starts to do badly because of him, people start to cancel their bookings.
‘Stu is really shaken by it because he knows these people, his neighbours, but they are turning on him without knowing the facts. He tries to tell them he is innocent, but they don’t believe him and that is really hard for him.’
While the situation is a difficult one for Stu, he is certainly pleased to have Alya and Zeedan’s support, and when he finds Yasmeen waiting for him? Well it’s just what he needs.
‘The big thing for Stu is that they believe in him. Yasmeen is Stu’s hero because she is there for him yet again’, Bill says.
‘Yasmeen has promised to help Stu but she realises that she can’t be with Stu romantically right now and that is upsetting for Stu but he understands it completely. She really stands her ground against certain residents in the street and tells Stu that he can move into No.6.
‘Stu thinks that Yasmeen is such a great person because she is always there for him in the end, which is lovely.’
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