JAne’S dev­AS­tA­tIOn

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For two years, Jane Beale has gone to ex­treme lengths to pro­tect her pre­pubescent step­son Bobby from pros­e­cu­tion for the mur­der of his half-sis­ter Lucy. Even through­out Bobby’s sub­se­quent an­gry out­bursts, which have in­cluded throw­ing Jane down the stairs, Jane has main­tained her sup­port for the boy.

Un­for­tu­nately, Jane and Ian’s joint de­ci­sion to send Bobby to board­ing school is about to come back and haunt them in a hor­ri­ble way. Af­ter Ian’s plans to sell Beales Restau­rant fall through, the prospect of keep­ing his son at the school di­min­ishes.

Bobby is brought home in a rage over the up­heaval and soon lashes out. Bru­tally at­tack­ing Jane with a hockey stick, Bobby stands over his blood-splat­tered step­mother, star­ing at the blood drip­ping from Stacey and Martin’s wed­ding cake nearby.

Com­ing to his senses, Bobby runs to The Vic to con­fess his ac­tions, leav­ing Ian hor­ri­fied by his wife’s near-death state. With Jane fight­ing for her life in hospi­tal, her mother Linda and brother Chris­tian race back to Wal­ford to hear that Jane may be left paral­ysed for life.

Linda blames Ian for Bobby’s ac­tions and turns on him while Jane awak­ens to learn her fate. Shat­tered, Jane tells Ian their mar­riage is over.

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