As we have previously reported, John Paul McQueen is set to have his morals tested in the most dramatic of ways when the life of his rapist lies firmly in his hands.
The incident occurs when John Paul (James Sutton) is supervising an overnight school field trip, attended by Finn O’Connor (Keith Rice) who as fans will know raped the English teacher last month as part of a homophobic bullying campaign against him.
JP has remained in a state of silent torment, humiliation and fear ever since the attack, especially as, having decided not to report his attacker, he is forced to continue teaching Finn, and his best friend Robbie (Charlie Wernham) who instigated the bullying.
During the trip, Finn and Robbie get into a heated argument over Phoebe McQueen (Mandip Gull) which results in them chasing each other at high speed on quad bikes.
Things take a drastic turn, however, when Finn’s bike overturns leaving the teenager lifeless on the ground.
John Paul is first to arrive on the scene and understandably, he hesitates before helping Finn, but as he prepares to walk away, Robbie turns up prompting him to change his mind and administer lifesaving CPR on his attacker.
Following the accident, John Paul wants to put the whole thing behind him but best friend Nancy Osborne (Jessica Fox) decides to run a newspaper article about it, branding John Paul a hero!
John Paul’s discomfort is very apparent whilst he has to pose for photographs with Finn at the hospital, but when the camera man asks him to hug his rapist, he snaps and smashes the camera.
If that wasn’t bad enough Robbie, who knows that John Paul considered leaving Finn to die, decides to teach him a lesson and locks the English teacher in a store cupboard whilst the fire alarm goes off.
After this, the two teenagers begin their bullying of John Paul again, but when Robbie’s older brother, Freddie (Charlie Clapham) finds out about it he is furious. Could this be the end of John Paul’s nightmare?
Find out when all the drama unfolds in Hollyoaks on Monday, February 24 at 6.30pm on Channel 4 / Channel 4 HD, and keep an eye out for our EXCLUSIVE interview with James Sutton, who plays John Paul McQueen, about this storyline out on Friday!
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