Maya in court

Emmerdale fans predict Maya Stepney will be back for revenge in ‘explosive Christmas storyline’

She has been sentenced to 12 months in prison

Maya Stepney is probably wearing her striped prison overalls right now, starring at the bricked cell which will be her home for the next few months.

And Emmerdale viewers believe she’s plotting her revenge… To return to the village and convince Jacob Gallagher to run away with her.

Maya was sent down for 12 months for her explicit texts to Jacob (Credit: ITV)

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In tense scenes on Thursday (June 20), groomer Maya finally faced judgement in court and was found guilty of having an inappropriate relationship with schoolboy Jacob.

After a year of grooming Jacob, which eventually ended in the pair having a sexual relationship, Maya was sentenced to 12 months in jail – a verdict which left viewers disappointed.

Maya, played by Louisa Clein, was given a lighter sentence after having the abuse charges reduced down to sexual contact with a minor due to the explicit texts they exchanged.

Jacob at Maya's trial
What will happen to Jacob now? (Credit: ITV)

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The judge told her: “You Maya Stepney, a person aged 18 or over, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification intentionally communicated with another person, namely Jacob Gallagher, on the 15 January 2019 by way of text message.

“The communication was sexual and was intended to make Jacob Gallagher engage in communication that is sexual. Jacob Gallagher was under 16.”

The judge and jury believed Maya’s lies that she hadn’t had sex with Jacob, but accused her of betraying her position at the school, and declared: “You betrayed your employer, your partner and the young man at the centre of this who was 15-years-old when the sexual communication took place.

“So I’m in no doubt that the custody threshold has been met. I sentence you to 12 months immediate imprisonment.”

Maya and Jacob had been having sexual relations for months (Credit: ITV)

Those watching from home now predict that Maya will be out within months – just in time for a juicy Christmas storyline!

One tweeted: “So, released five days before Christmas. Guess we know what ‘explosive’ plotline, ahem, yule have!”

Another said: “There you go, Christmas storyline is going to be Jacob running away with Maya when she’s released after half her sentence for keeping her head down in prison.”

A third added: “So Maya gets sentenced today – 20th June 2019 – and will be out on 20th December 2019 after six months. That’s the Christmas storyline sorted #Emmerdale.”

Others predicted Maya would return pregnant, while some even believed she might kill herself or be back even before Christmas for the soap’s infamous ‘October week’ of dramatic episodes.

Last year’s ‘October week’ saw Kim Tate return to the Dales, which ultimately ended in Joe Tate’s fake death and departure from the soap.

In 2017, Emmerdale’s “Week Of No Return” saw Moira Barton murder Emma Barton, while the year before saw the death of James Barton.

October is not a lucky month for the Barton family!

October week in 2016
James Barton was murdered in October 2016 (Credit: ITV)

Emmerdale has so far not teased the storylines for October or Christmas.

In the meantime, the ITV soap HAS confirmed that actress Louisa has left the cast and we won’t be seeing her in prison.

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