Safety in num­bers

Of­fer­ing So­phie So­phie a place to stay, Carmel Carmel soon re­alises there’s more to her visit than meets the eye

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Shakil Kazemi’s

stab­bing mur­der in May is still very raw in the mind of his griev­ing mother Carmel and older brother Kush – as well as So­phie, the mother of

Bruno, the now-im­pris­oned gang leader who wielded the knife. Although Carmel is at­tend­ing a sup­port group, even the sight of Shakil’s train­ers still un­nerves her. So she’s to­tally un­pre­pared when she an­swer­ing a knock at the door and nds So­phie wait­ing on the step.

Over­re­act­ing, Carmel shuts the door in So­phie’s face but is com­pelled to in­ter­vene when she spies Kee­gan, Shakil’s best mate who was also stabbed, fu­ri­ously ar­gu­ing with Bruno’s mother on the street! Kee­gan has no in­ter­est in So­phie sniff­ing around what he per­ceives to be her killer son’s be­half, and even rages at Carmel for be­ing so calm in try­ing to ease the ten­sion!

How­ever, Carmel sus­pects So­phie needs help but her benev­o­lence arouses Kush’s anger; es­pe­cially when So­phie re­veals a lo­cal gang is stalk­ing her af­ter she grassed them to the po­lice. He doesn’t want his mum sub­jected to any­more heartache and prefers that So­phie leaves but Carmel over­rides her son’s wishes when the gang ter­rorises So­phie out­side the house and in­sists she stays in the safety of the Kazemi home.

Un­for­tu­nately, Carmel fears that Kush could be right in not want­ing So­phie around when she nally con­fesses that Bruno wants her to visit him in prison – and he wants Carmel to come, too. Trem­bling, Carmel frets Bruno may want to threaten her again and won­ders if she can with­stand any more pain in her life...

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