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Emma changes her mind again at the last minute, and lies to the court saying that it was Les who attacked Mick and not the other way round. Mick thanks Emma but she tells him that she was just scared of telling the truth and what it would mean to her relationship with her police colleagues, not because she was supportive of him. Emma hates herself for being a coward. Curly is appalled by what she's done. Les's witness Dave Arden turns up at the last minute and backs up Les's story but under cross-examination admits to having had run-ins with the police himself. Les himself doesn't give convincing evidence and barrister Simon Darcy points out that both parties had injuries. Les counters that Hopwood is living with his wife. This throws Darcy and all of the court but he accuses Les of lashing out at Mick and provokes Les into saying he hates his guts. He also reads out Les's previous convictions, including one for assault. Mick is recalled in an effort by defence barrister John Rivers to make Hopwood appear less than credible. Darcy cross-examines him and gets Mick to declare he has never been involved in previous enquiries and has two commendations on his record. The jury returns a verdict of guilty. Emma tells Mick that her marriage could be over. Les is sentenced to six months in prison. He is devastated as he is led away.


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  • Weatherfield Crown Court - Courtroom 1, corridor, chambers, foyer and stairway


  • This episode focused exclusively on Les Battersby's trial storyline. It was set entirely in the Weatherfield Crown Court building with no scenes in any other location.
  • Location filming for Weatherfield Crown Court was conducted at the former Salford Town Hall and Magistrates Court in Bexley Square.
  • The jury foreman was uncredited despite having lines of dialogue.
  • TV Times synopsis: Les nervously awaits the jury's decision.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,770,000 viewers (2nd place).
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