MUR­DER AT THE LAKE

DEV­AS­TATED BY HIS WIFE’S LIES, De­clan UNLEASHES A VI­CIOUS PLAN TO EX­ACT HIS RE­VENGE ON Char­ity, LEAD­ING TO A BAT­TLE THAT RE­SULTS IN DEATH

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The heartache of his wife Char­ity’s sup­posed mis­car­riage sev­eral months ago still haunts De­clan Macey to this day. Af­ter the death of his adult daugh­ter Mia in a car crash some years ago, De­clan yearned to be a fa­ther again and saw Char­ity’s preg­nancy as the an­swer to his prayers. Now, how­ever, De­clan’s pain has only in­ten­si­fied fol­low­ing his sis­ter Me­gan’s shock­ing dis­cov­ery that Char­ity ac­tu­ally had a se­cret abor­tion in­stead of a mis­car­riage.

Ini­tially dis­be­liev­ing Me­gan’s ev­i­dence given her well-known ha­tred for Char­ity, De­clan tries to prove her wrong un­til he’s con­fronted with the de­spi­ca­ble truth.

Out­raged to learn that Char­ity lied that it was her daugh­ter Deb­bie who had the abor­tion, De­clan se­cretly plots his re­venge. Trag­i­cally though, his bid to poi­son Char­ity with a lethal pes­ti­cide back­fires when his young step­son Noah ac­ci­den­tally in­gests the sub­stance.

Livid that Char­ity’s ac­tions have caused him to hurt the in­no­cent Noah, De­clan lures Char­ity to an iso­lated cot­tage on the pre­text of a hol­i­day. Alone in the wilder­ness, De­clan’s anger builds as he plots to mur­der Char­ity, who then tries to es­cape when she over­hears his plans. Fate­fully though, De­clan in­ter­rupts her get­away and vi­o­lently beats her into un­con­scious­ness. Think­ing she’s dead, De­clan stashes her in his car’s boot and drives into the for­est to bury her in a shal­low grave.

How­ever, Char­ity re­vives and bru­tally kicks De­clan as he opens the boot. She runs for her life but De­clan grabs her and they strug­gle fu­ri­ously as Char­ity pushes him into the open grave.

Es­cap­ing to a nearby lake, Char­ity jumps into a boat and speeds away, only for De­clan to swim af­ter her. The boat’s mo­tor sud­denly stalls en­abling De­clan to drag him­self onto the boat. They vi­ciously strug­gle over a flare gun as Me­gan and her son Rob­bie ar­rive on the scene, search­ing for the cou­ple.

With­out think­ing, Rob­bie jumps into the lake and fights with De­clan who shoots his nephew with a flare gun. The ten­sion mounts as Rob­bie plunges into the wa­ter and De­clan falls in too. Seiz­ing his chance, De­clan tries to drown Char­ity, lead­ing to a shock­ing de­noue­ment that re­sults in two deaths!

ALSO ON EM­MERDALE:

NI­COLA and JIMMY’s mar­riage is rocked when a stranger named JULI­ETTE turns up at Mill Cot­tage claim­ing to be preg­nant with Jimmy’s baby.

KERRY is dev­as­tated to learn that DAN slept with ALI; the fall­out from SAM and TRACY’s break-up has se­ri­ous con­se­quences for LISA; DOUG is smit­ten with DIANE; LEYLA and JAI’s il­licit af­fair is ex­posed; HARRIET is de­lighted when ASH­LEY moves in with her as a flat­mate; and EDNA re­veals an aw­ful se­cret as she comes face to face with her past.

A wicked lie de­rails DEB­BIE and PETE’s re­la­tion­ship; FINN de­vel­ops an at­trac­tion to AARON; ROSS leaves the vil­lage; ROD­NEY strug­gles with un­em­ploy­ment; ADAM is sent to prison; VANESSA and KIRIN boldly take their af­fair public; and PRIYA has doubts about her ar­ranged mar­riage.

A fu­ri­ous De­clan lures Char­ity to an iso­lated cot­tage, where he beats her and stashes her in his car boot.

Ni­cola (left) and Jimmy are shocked to meet Juli­ette, who says she’s preg­nant with his child.

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