Liv Flaherty has been sentenced to four months in Young Offenders on tonight’s Emmerdale, after Joe Tate schemed to put her behind bars.
While Gabby was given a Youth Referral Order (which will result in her doing community service), Liv received a harsher verdict after her solicitor – who had been drafted in at the last minute – made a series of blunders.
Clearly not up to speed, Liv’s legal representative got her name wrong in court and mentioned her abusive father, all of which left the beleaguered teen feeling so upset that she couldn’t bring herself to speak up.
With the judge perceiving the silence as a lack of remorse, a custodial sentence was handed out, all of which left both Aaron and Zak fuming with Lisa for reporting Liv in the first place. Cliffhanger scenes even saw Zak blaming Lisa for ruining Liv’s life!
What the Dingles don’t yet know, though, is that Joe Tate is responsible for making sure that Liv’s original solicitor got assigned to another case. After it transpired that Louise was, in fact, an old acquaintance of Joe’s, the village businessman wasted little time in criticising Liv and the Dingles.
With Louise then departing the scene, Liv’s fate was then left in the hands of her eleventh-hour replacement, whose ineptitude resulted in substandard legal representation.
Emmerdale fans will now have to wait to find out if Joe’s machinations will be exposed and whether the Dingles will find the funds to appeal the court’s decision…
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