Coronation Street killer Corey Brent walks free as Kelly Neelan’s error exposed?

Coronation Street: Kelly tries to stop Corey's attack in flashback

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Corey (played by Maximus Evans) was revealed as Seb’s (Harry Visinoni) killer during Monday’s double-bill of Coronation Street after months of speculation. In heartbreaking flashback episodes, Nina Lucas (Mollie Gallagher) recalled the events of the fateful night her boyfriend was murdered as a result of particular triggers jolting her memory back into place. Although Kelly (Millie Gibson) didn’t strike the fatal blow, could some more evidence from the night in question put her firmly in the frame? Following scenes from the latest instalments of the ITV soap, will Corey walk away without being reprimanded for the part he played in the beloved character’s death?

With the court case set to unfold later in the week, Monday’s episode started with Nina being taken back to the day Seb was killed because of some music she was listening to in the present day.

The youngster recruited Asha Alahan (Tanisha Gorey), Summer Spellman (Harriet Bibby) and Abi Franklin (Sally Carman) to help her remember more of what happened.

In a desperate bid to regain her memories, Roy Cropper’s (David Neilson) niece returned to the wasteland where Corey and Kelly began their attack on the pair.

From the time she awoke in the hospital following the hate crime, Nina always remembered Kelly slapping her around the face.

It emerged in the flashback scenes the gothic character and her boyfriend hid from Corey’s gang for some time and declared their love to one another.

However, as nightfall descended, they were found and although they tried to run from the gang, the vicious attack began.

As two of Corey’s friends began beating Nina, it was the young villain who violently kicked and punched Seb within an inch of his life.

At the same time, Nina was piecing together the fateful night, Kelly was talking from prison with her lawyer and foster father, Imran Habeeb (Charlie De Melo).

The young school girl explained: “When they doubled back, we went looking for them. It was like we were playing a game of hide and seek or something.

“And I was drunk and dead giggly and it was just a laugh so when we eventually saw them again, it was funny because it was like we’d caught them.”

It was just a game in my head

Kelly Neelan

“It was just a game in my head,” she continued and when asked at what moment did she realise it had stopped being a game, Kelly replied: “When Corey started kicking Seb.

“I mean like proper kicking him. I just froze and he just kept kicking and kicking and it was almost like Seb wasn’t a human.

“Like he was just a football. That’s how he was treating him,” she continued before asking Imran to “stop” making her remember as it was “too horrible”.

In the flashback scenes, Kelly was seen trying to pull Corey off the helpless character he was beating and couldn’t bear to look as Seb’s injuries got worse.

By the time Corey had finished his assault on Nina’s boyfriend, his victim was lying lifeless and bloody on the floor.

“What did you do that for?” Kelly asked Corey through the tears strolling down her face before she knelt to the ground to see if Seb was still alive.

Having seen Nina’s attackers run away from the scene of the crime, Corey followed suit and left the schoolgirl on her own.

Kelly got out her phone as it seemed she was going to call for an ambulance but Seb suddenly came around and started coughing.

“I’m so sorry,” she said before she too fled from the scene and this could have been a grave error to make.

Unfortunately, it could come to be a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time as she might have been seen running away.

The real culprits fled in the opposite direction to Kelly and therefore, might not have been seen by a passerby.

Although the unknown character won’t have seen Seb and Nina lying helplessly on the road, they might have seen a guilty-looking school girl fitting Kelly’s description running away.

If this evidence comes up in court at the last minute, it could completely shatter the case Imran has built up against Corey.

Even Nina’s account of the night could be disbarred because of the state she was in when she thought she saw Corey attacking Seb, having just been beaten herself.

What could also help Corey’s chances of walking free is how he disposed of the physical evidence connecting him to the hate crime.

In flashbacks derived from Corey’s memories, he was seen changing out of the clothes he had been wearing when kicking Seb to death.

CCTV cameras captured him walking in the street in his new set of clothes, meaning once again him running away from the scene of the crime was not captured.

The aspiring footballer arrived at the river, where he threw the bag of contaminated clothes into the water.

No one saw him doing this, therefore, there are no witnesses likely to destroy his lawyer’s case to get him off the charges.

Lying through his teeth has seemed to work so far so will they grant him his freedom whilst Kelly reluctantly takes the blame for Seb’s murder?

Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.

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