Creepy Karl Munro (John Michie) was tonight revealed to be the twisted firestarter at the Rovers Return. In this evening’s explosive double bill, Karl was seen dousing a rag with spirits before setting it ablaze in the pub cellar, only for his evil deed to be witnessed by a drunken Sunita Alahan (Shobna Gulati).
“What the hell are you doing?” asked Sunita, who had followed Karl into the Rovers after spying him sneaking down the back alleyway.
“It’s the only way,” replied Karl. “You know as much as anyone that I’m meant to be with Stella and that means getting rid of Jason.”
“How does this get rid of Jason?” continued Sunita.
“She loves this place and if she thinks Jason’s botched the electrics and caused the fire, then he’s finished. Me and Stella will pick up where we left off.”
Karl then proceeded to grapple with Sunita, with the deranged cabbie vowing that she wouldn’t be the one to interfere with his plans to discredit Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) and reunite with landlady Stella Price (Michelle Collins).
As the flames took hold, Sunita ended up falling to the bottom of the cellar steps, where she lay unconscious. In a blind panic, Karl then fled the scene, unaware that Stella was actually upstairs on the premises relaxing in the bath having left the Full Monty strip show at Nick’s Bistro that had attracted the attention of most of the Rovers regulars.