Tina Carter is given a glimmer of hope next week when another old friend of Mick and Stuart Highway’s pays a visit to the pub.
The friend, called Dylan, tells Mick that Stuart pulled a similar stunt on him as he did to Tina and has reported him to the police.
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Could Tina finally see justice for the vile attack that left her traumatised?
Dylan’s visit gives her hope that his evidence will strengthen her case against him and that it will give her a good reason for the attack on Stuart that he has her arrested for.
Meanwhile, Halfway is still left torn over who to believe – his bully brother, or the Carters?
Whitney tracks him down when he goes missing and demands answers from him, furious that he seems to be taking Stuart’s side.
Tina then pays a visit to Halfway and tells him about Dylan coming forward which convinces him that the Carters are telling the truth.
He moves back into the pub with a warm welcome from the family, but what will Stuart make of it?
EastEnders fans were left stunned earlier this month when Tina revealed to Sonia what Stuart had put her through.
Mick’s auntie revealed how his so-called best mate Stuart stripped her naked, shoved her in a car boot and led her to believe she would die.
In a disturbing scene, Tina explained how she, Mick, and some mates, including Stuart, used to play a game called Torture, where they’d all hide and, then when found, an act of torture would be carried out.
But on one night out, things were taken too far… by Stuart.
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“So I am in the boot of car an it’s going round and round in circles, spinning and there is this one track that is playing over and over; it is on a loop,” she went on.
“I’m lying in the boot of the car and I’ve lost half my clothes and my arms and my legs are tied up,” she went on.
“And I can taste like plastic in my mouth and there’s sticky tape tied all the way round my face and it’s cutting into my cheeks.
“And I’ve got sick in my mouth, like acid making me gag, but I couldn’t.”
She added that she could smell burning and believed she would die; her nightmare only came to an end when a tramp opened up the boot.
Tina had experienced a flashback in E20 the previous night when Stuart had requested that same song from the DJ, and looked smug about causing the frightening trigger.
“He was looking at me and smiling,” she told astonished Sonia.
“He knew, I knew and he walked away. He was proving he could break me. It was him all along. It was him playing torture.”
Fans have called for Mick to murder the vile bully to avenge Tina.
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EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One