John Paul McQueen (James Sutton) is to put last-minute nerves behind him next week when he gives evidence at Finn O’Connor’s (Keith Rice) rape trial.
JP, who was attacked by the evil Finn back in January, summons up the courage to take the stand after an 11th hour talking-to from Myra. But the stress looks set to get too much for Ste, who ends up calling his dealer, before being told by Myra to stay away from her son.
Finn, meanwhile, proves to be adept at playing the victim while under questioning. So will he end up getting away with his crimes?
“Finn’s pretty confident that he’ll be found not guilty. It’s the last-chance saloon for him, so he gives it everything he’s got. Even John Paul thinks things are going to go Finn’s way,” says Keith Rice.
In a new interview with Inside Soap, the actor also reveals how Finn attempts to sway the court by using emotionally manipulative tactics: “Anyone in Finn’s situation would be nervous as John Paul stands up to give evidence. But for Finn, it comes back to the power struggle between them and shows just how creepy and horrible he is. The minute he sees John Paul, he stands tall, smiles and craftily plays the innocent victim.”
Viewers can see how events pan out when Hollyoaks airs these scenes on Monday 29 September.