Life hasn’t been too good for Coronation Street’s David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) lately after he was sent to prison at the hands of Nick Tilsley (Ben Price).
Both David and Nick found themselves on trial for their part in stealing money from Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) – but despite it being Nick who committed the crime, it was David who was sent down after Nick betrayed him in court.
Now David’s behind bars while Nick has walked free – but how long will the character be spending in prison and when will he be released?
Here’s what you need to know.
When does David Platt get out of prison in Coronation Street?
No set date has been given for David Platt’s release from jail.
However the character was sentenced to eight months for the crime – four of which he has to serve in prison – despite not being responsible.
So given that he was sent down in July, you can probably expect to see him set free some time in late autumn.
In turn Nick Tilsley received a two-year suspended sentence for his part in the crime as well as lying in court – with the judge taking into account his previous good character and how prison could affect him given his brain injury (which he sustained in a car accident in 2013).
How did Nick Tilsley escape justice?
Nick was determined to evade justice but after David stepped in to protect him during an attack in prison he had a change of heart – and decided he should come clean about being the one responsible for stealing from Audrey.
However Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) persuaded Nick he was better off sticking to his original story in order for her and Oliver to have him home – leading to Nick declaring in court that the full blame for the crime lay with David.
Speaking at the time Ben Price said: ‘Suddenly it becomes real that he might go away for a long time and the life that he is trying so hard to build up again could go. He starts to think if he keeps quiet there is a chance he could get away with it.His brother has been inside and done all that so he thinks that David won’t mind so much!
‘It is a snap decision in the moment. He is standing up there in court and he feels this is all a bit more real now. He is scared it is going to backfire on him. He is absolutely panicked, it is not a comfortable situation for Nick. He was fine dealing with the police before, he was confident that he was smart and he could worm his way out but now it’s been presented in court and he doesn’t think Paula is quite up to it. He feels it is up to him to sort it out.’
Speaking about the family’s potential response he added: ‘He thinks they will come round. That is the essential part of the Platts, they have to come round, they always do and there are a lot of mitigating circumstances as to why he took that money although taking it off your grandma is not ideal, not by a long way, but he doesn’t believe he is evil. He may have been misguided and he may have been stupid but he doesn’t think he is spiteful.’
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV at 7.30pm.
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