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As the tragic news about Aidan Connor's suicide spreads around the Weatherfield residents, troubled David Platt – played by Jack P. Shepherd – is left especially floored by the news, as it makes him consider his own suicidal thoughts and self-harm after being raped by vile Josh.
He can’t shake his thoughts about Aidan even though he’s due in court for sentencing following his violent attack on Gary Windass last month.
David tells his family that he’s heading to court alone and doesn’t want any support before giving kids Max and Lily an emotional hug, knowing there’s a good chance he might not be coming home.
As he heads to court with his brief Imran Habeeb, David suddenly leaps from the car and runs away.
It’s his ex-girlfriend Shona – played by Julia Goulding – who eventually finds him sitting alone in the Urban Garden.
As she tries to get to the bottom of David’s recent erratic behaviour, desperate to get it all off his chest, he finally admits that Josh drugged and raped him on their lads’ night out.
Shona is left shell-shocked by David’s confession and – as he continues to open up about his horrific ordeal at Josh’s hands – all his seemingly inexplicable behaviour becomes clear to her.
As he continues to unburden himself, Shona suggests that if he won’t go to the police perhaps he should see a counsellor, but David is adamant that he’s too ashamed for anyone else to know.
The couple reunite and head home hand in hand but their reunion is short-lived as the police soon arrive at the house and arrest David for failing to show up at court.
He’s bundled into the police car looking terrified as Shona watches on in horror.
Will she keep her promise and keep David’s secret?
Speaking about the shocking suicide storyline involving Aidan – played by Shayne Ward – the show's producer Kate Oates explained how and why his death triggers something in David.
She said: "I was nervous that it might be misunderstood and people think we were doing it for a different reason.
£I want to make it really clear that the message we want to get across is, if you can speak out, if you can find the words, someone will listen.
"You have nothing to lose. Just try it.
"The David story dovetails with that perfectly.
"It's important that Jack P. Shepherd as David gets the last word. That is the message."
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