AFTER being wrongfully accused of murder and spending time behind bars, Stu Carpenter wants the past to remain behind him.
However, Alya Nazir goes to great lengths to clear his name in Coronation Street as she believes she knows who killed Charlie.
The Nazir family has been standing by Stu Carpenter
But Alya is the most adamant on proving he’s innocent
The former homeless man was accused of murdering a woman
The former homeless man played by Bill Fellows is trying to get his life back on track after his past caught up with him and many residents in the cobbles believed he was capable of murdering a woman.
Next week, Stu nervously prepares to meet his granddaughter Eliza at Speed Daal and is delighted when their meeting goes well.
The mood sadly changes when his former wife Lucy (portrayed by Lynda Rooke) arrives and insists that Bridget and Eliza leave the restaurant immediately and a devastated Stu watches them go.
Meanwhile, Alya Nazir (Sair Khan) continues to fight to prove Stu never murdered his former lover and Dee-Dee Bailey helps her.
The Weatherfield newcomer and solicitor tells Alya that there was no trace of Stu’s DNA on Charlie’s bag but it will be expensive to get the evidence tested again.
Alya then spots Eliza and Bridget leaving Speed Daal and runs after them – before she accuses a flustered Lucy of hiding vital information linked to Stu’s case.
With the firm belief that Lucy knows more than she lets on, Alya is determined to find the cash for the DNA test.
Later on, however, Stu tells Yasmeen and Alya that he no longer wants to pursue his case and wants to leave the past in the past.
The Speed Daal chef then explains he would rather focus on connecting with his daughter and granddaughter, believing that remaining focused on the case may prevent him from building a relationship with them.
This doesn’t stop Alya in the slightest and, when Dee-Dee tells her she has got the funding for the test, Alya keeps Stu’s wishes a secret and tells the solicitor that everything concerning his case has to go through her.
Alya goes even further to make sure she can prove Stu’s innocence as she speculates Lucy may be the true culprit.
When Eliza shows up at Speed Daal, Stu insists on calling Bridget but Alya spots an opportunity to invite both Lucy and Bridget for tea.
She then collars Dee-Dee and, producing a mug that Lucy drank from earlier, insists they have it tested for DNA.
Dee-Dee later lets Alya know she’s decided not to return to her job in Los Angeles but she hasn’t told her family yet and, when she calls with paperwork for Alya to sign, Zeedan Nazir realises she hasn’t dropped Stu’s case.
The solicitor realises what Alya has been up to and is fuming when she’s told the truth.
How will Alya react?
Did Lucy really kill Charlie?
Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8pm on ITV.
Stu is getting his life back on track
Could Lucy have murdered Charlie and framed him for the crime?