With his dog-collar in place, Ashley is the picture of respectability. But that’s not what Laurel sees when she surprises him at home. She sees him hit Sandy!
Ashley is angry because Laurel is asking questions about Sandy’s decision to move into a care home – a decision he forced Sandy to make
Ashley has seen Laurel talking to Rachel and is sure Sandy has said something to make her suspicious. What, like ‘My son has been abusing me for weeks’? Because that’s the awful truth
But poor old Sandy has remained loyal to his son and hasn’t said a word to anyone
Angry Ashley doesn’t believe this, though and he’s convinced Sandy is out to ruin him and wreck his family life
In an uncontrollable rage, Ashley leans over his fearful father
Ashley needs to blame someone for his ugly behaviour and he points the finger of blame at Sandy
Trapped and terrified, Sandy is defenceless as Ashley explodes with rage and hits him!
He won’t be able to say Sandy has had another ‘accident’, though, as Laurel has seen everything!
Laurel is horrified. It’s all true – Ashley has been abusing his father! And he says it’s because he was scared of losing her! He wanted Sandy out of the way so they could have the perfect family life
Ashley pleads with Laurel to stay, but she leaves – and she takes Sandy with her. Has Ashley’s marriage got a prayer of surviving now? Watch Emmerdale, ITV1, from Monday April 16