EASTENDERS fans will be in shock later this week after a notorious killer is released leaving the community reeling.
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In episodes that have yet to air on television but are available to watch now on iPlayer, Ben Mitchell is left devastated when one of Paul Coker’s killers is released.
The mechanic and his boyfriend Paul were attacked and left for dead in a homophobic attack five years ago.
While Ben managed to survive, Paul died leaving Ben heartbroken.
The four men responsible were jailed for the crime – however it has now been revealed that one of them has been released after appealing his sentence.
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An emotional Ben told Callum: “Pam just called. One of the blokes who murdered Paul has appealed his conviction.
“He’s been released. Downgraded apparently from murder to manslaughter. He beat him to death – how is that not murder?
“I keep remembering that night and now he’s free to live his life and that is the thing he took from Paul. You see I should have dealt with this at the time but everyone told me to just let the police do their job, that we would get justice.
“This isn’t justice. It’s not even been five years and now he’s out and he’s got his whole life ahead of him.