EastEnders spoilers: Dean Wicks to finally face consequences of Linda Carter’s rape?

EastEnders star Matt Di Angelo has revealed that his character WILL be punished for raping Linda Carter - but not in the way viewers might expect…

EastEnders spoilers: Dean Wicks to finally face consequences of Linda Carter’s rape?

by Kayleigh Dray |
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Last October, viewers of BBC One’s EastEnders watched in horror as Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) was raped by Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo).

And, ever since, they have been praying for justice to be delivered upon the barber - either in the form of a violent Mick (Danny Dyer) or a lengthy prison sentence.

However their hopes were dashed when police revealed they would be taking no further action against Dean in April.

At the time, soap boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins said it was more realistic that the case not go to court, as it reflected real-life rape statistics.

Now, speaking in an interview with Inside Soap, Matt Di Angelo - whose character is currently considering applying for custody over his and Shabnam’s daughter, Jade - has said that Dean WILL be punished for his actions.

Insisting that he didn’t want viewers to feel sorry for Dan following shock revelations about his father and daughter, Matt said: “We wanted to show that those people live on, and how it affects their life.

“Viewers will see him being punished on a daily basis.”

Via BBC One

However, just as Dominic told us before, Matt added that his character will NOT find himself behind bars for his crimes… and that it was probably better that way, too.

He explained: "At the end of the day it's a soap, so we have to finish the story and not leave it unresolved in any way.

“I’m not saying he should go to prison, though - I don't think he should, because the real-life statistics don't reflect that.

"The vast majority of these people don't face judicial punishment, and that's one thing EastEnders really wanted to get across. That's what makes it so good - everyone feels that sense of injustice.”

Matt finished firmly: “But there are other ways for Dean to be punished, like getting physically abused by Mick, or having his financial or personal life attacked.

“He's constantly being faced with that."

EastEnders continues tonight at 7.30pm on BBC One

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