Not guilty!

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Pierce en­ters his plea for rape, as Rhona gets sup­port from Paddy…

It comes as no sur­prise to Rhona that Pierce pleads not guilty to rap­ing her – the vet has seen his true colours and knew he’d try and wrig­gle his way out of his bru­tal at­tack. What she doesn’t see com­ing, though, is his defence team’s plan to use their sex tape as ev­i­dence.

‘Pierce is a very clever man who knows the law,’ says Zoe Henry, who plays Rhona. ‘He knows that Rhona is ashamed and scared, and those two things give him power. He will be able to turn that to his ad­van­tage.

‘Rhona is ter­ri­fied of him twist­ing things and not go­ing down for rape. That man could talk him­self out of lit­er­ally any­thing.’

The stress is un­bear­able, and when Rhona tells Vanessa about how Pierce in­tends to use the tape against her, she ends up los­ing her rag.

‘The pres­sure is im­mense,’ says Zoe. ‘Rhona takes it out on Vanessa, but she knows that the two of them to­gether are a stronger force be­cause she also knows what he is ca­pa­ble of.’

When a worried Paddy later calls by to check on Rhona, he pro­vides a shoul­der to cry on, and Rhona’s relieved when he agrees to stay over.

But as the pair share a com­fort­ing hug, some­one in the shad­ows takes a pho­to­graph of them.

Is it Pierce’s mum Martha’s do­ing?

And if so, will her med­dling cause her son to es­cape jus­tice?

Cun­ning: Pierce has a plan to dis­credit Rhona

Sup­port­ing role: Paddy com­forts Rhona

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