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Dean’s trial finally arrives – but will he be found guilty?

It’s a tense day for Queen Vic landlady Linda Carter and Roxy Mitchell next week, when Dean Wicks’ trial for the latter’s rape finally arrives.

Viewers will know that almost two years ago, Dean (played by Matt Di Angelo) raped Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) in emotional scenes, however never owned up to his crime. Instead, he insisted they had consenting sex.

Dean walked free after a lack of evidence but in January this year, Dean’s past finally caught up with him when he was arrested for the attempted rape of Roxy (Rita Simons).

As the women of Walford prepare for the trial, Ronnie tries to offer pragmatic support to an anxious Roxy about the impending trial.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 15/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5333 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* Ronnie tries to offer pragmatic support to an anxious Roxy about the impending trial. Linda Carter (KELLIE BRIGHT), Ronnie Mitchell (SAMANTHA WOMACK), Roxy Mitchell (RITA SIMONS) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Linda shares a moment with Shirley as they discuss the trial.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 15/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5333 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* Shirley and Linda share a moment as they discuss the impending trial. Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY), Linda Carter (KELLIE BRIGHT) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 15/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5333 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* Ronnie tries to offer pragmatic support to an anxious Roxy about the impending trial. Ronnie Mitchell (SAMANTHA WOMACK), Roxy Mitchell (RITA SIMONS) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Before the trial, Shirley contemplates buying alcohol to try get her through the testimony, but Denise talks her out of it, reminding her what is important.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 18/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5335 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* As Shirley contemplates buying booze to help her through her testimony, Denise gently talks her out of it. Denise Fox (DIANE PARISH), Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 18/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5335 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* As Shirley contemplates buying booze to help her through her testimony, Denise gently talks her out of it. Denise Fox (DIANE PARISH), Linda Carter (KELLIE BRIGHT), Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Linda reminds Shirley that they’re all counting on her.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 18/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5335 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* Linda tells Shirley they’re all counting on her. Denise Fox (DIANE PARISH), Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY), Linda Carter (KELLIE BRIGHT) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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After the testimony, Shirley returns home and Mick comforts her after her tough day.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 18/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5335 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* Mick comforts Shirley after her rough day in court. Mick Carter (DANNY DYER), Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 18/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5335 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* Mick comforts Shirley after her rough day in court. Mick Carter (DANNY DYER), Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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The following day, Linda invites Ronnie, Roxy and Shirley upstairs at the Vic, as they all wait for the news on his trial.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 19/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5336 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* The women all talk as they await the news on Dean’s trial. Ronnie Mitchell (SAMANTHA WOMACK), Roxy Mitchell (RITA SIMONS), Linda Carter (KELLIE BRIGHT), Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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As words are exchanged, Ronnie tells the women that no one is to blame but Dean.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 19/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5336 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* Linda, Roxy, Shirley & Ronnie sit at the table, waiting to hear the verdict. Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY), Ronnie Mitchell (SAMANTHA WOMACK), Roxy Mitchell (RITA SIMONS), Linda Carter (KELLIE BRIGHT) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 19/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5336 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* The women all talk as they await the news on Dean’s trial. Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 19/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5336 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* Linda, Roxy, Shirley & Ronnie sit at the table, waiting to hear the verdict. Ronnie tells them no-one is to blame but Dean. Ronnie Mitchell (SAMANTHA WOMACK), Roxy Mitchell (RITA SIMONS) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 19/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5336 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* The women all talk as they await the news on Dean’s trial. Linda Carter (KELLIE BRIGHT), Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Meanwhile, in the café, Kathy opens up to Buster about her past, telling him she knows exactly what Linda and Roxy are going through.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 19/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5336 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* Kathy tells Buster that she understands what Roxy and Linda are going through and she opens up about her past. Kathy Sullivan (GILLIAN TAYLFORTH), 'Buster' Briggs (KARL HOWMAN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 09/08/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 19/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5336 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 9th AUGUST, 2016* Kathy tells Buster that she understands what Roxy and Linda are going through and she opens up about her past. Kathy Sullivan (GILLIAN TAYLFORTH), 'Buster' Briggs (KARL HOWMAN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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EastEnders airs these scenes all next week on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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  • Holly Shoare

    Kathy is revisiting everything from her past. She was raped twice by 2 different men wasn’t she, so she definitely knows what they are going through. Bless her and Buster’s relationship. They are very sweet. Though I can’t help thinking that Buster and Shirley make a better pair.

  • Henry

    I want Kathy Beale get arrested having sex with buster Briggs and the beales cafe was bit of a mess out of the truth