Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) was rocked to the core in Emmerdale after finding out that DI Mark Bails had died in prison.
Bails, as longtime viewers will recall, was a corrupt police officer who made it his mission to destroy Charity’s life upon his debut in the ITV soap nine years ago.
It later emerged that the former detective had repeatedly raped Charity when she was 14 years old. Charity subsequently reported Bails, who was livid, and thus made it his mission to get revenge.
The rapist re-appeared in 2018, and the full details of Charity’s ordeal came to light, as she reported Bails for rape and abuse, which ultimately led to him standing trial, where he was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
But earlier this week, she received a mysterious phone call, with the person on the other end of the line relaying some news which left her heartbroken.
Thursday’s (February 2) edition of the ITV soap picked up the following day, with an emotional Charity contemplating the news she had received, as an puzzled Cain (Jeff Hordley) watched on.
Eager to get out of the village, Charity nicked the keys to Caleb Milligan’s (William Ash) flash motor, which Cain witnessed, and despite trying to talk her out of the theft, he ultimately accompanied her on the joyride.
Charity arrived at a cemetery, much to Cain’s confusion, but all was made clear when he set his sights on Bails’ headstone, as Charity explained that the rapist had died in prison from a heart attack.
The Woolpack owner was heartbroken by the abuser’s passing, explaining to Cain that he was meant to suffer for much longer for what he did to her.
Cain offered Charity some words of advice, telling her that it’s ‘over’, but Charity made it clear that she resents the fact that Bails didn’t serve his lengthy sentence.
‘He never regretted what he did to me, and now he gets to lay there,’ she said, before spitting on his grave.
‘Death was too good for you’, she then said to the rapist in emotional scenes.
Afterwards, Charity and Cain bonded further, with the former offering the latter some advice on why it’s important to learn from the past and not let it impact your future. Cain, for once, listened to her words of wisdom, and subsequently offered long-lost brother Caleb a pint – determined to make things right.
Charity, meanwhile, opened up to both Noah (Jack Downham) and Mackenzie Boyd (Lawrence Robb), while also informing Ryan Stocks (James Moore) about Bails’ demise.
Emmerdale continues Friday February 3 at 7:30pm on ITV1 and ITVX.
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