Buster Smith is set to get his verdict in tonights Hollyoaks. Will it be what everyone has been fighting for?
Ollie Morgan is reeling from learning that Imran Maalik had been abused too, unable to accept that his best friend couldnt talk to him and instead leaving him to face his torment alone when they could have shared their pain.
Brody is also suffering the betrayal of his best friend after Damons lies rapidly unravelled in court, leading to the judge throwing out Brodys case. He goes to court with Sienna leaving Damon behind and hurt that he cant make his friend see he never meant to ruin everything.
Imran is afraid of returning to court and starts to close up about what happened, but Sami tells him he needs to face it – hell have to go on trial for what Buster did to him, so hell be back in the witness box regardless.
Outside the courtroom, Brody sees an anguished Imran and thanks him for coming forward. He gives him a pep talk, telling him that the truth is never something to be afraid of, and he should have no regrets. Ollie fumes when he sees them talking and confronts Brody, but he urges him to remember Imran is his best friend and its not worth losing their relationship over Buster.
Damon overhears and has hope, urging Brody to consider forgiving him too. But after what Damon did, meaning Brody will never get his closure on what happened to him, can Brody forgive and forget?
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Everyone comes together to heart he closing statements and the outcome of the harrowing trial. Will Buster be found guilty or not guilty?
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