Coronation Street spoilers: Norris Cole arrested as Mary gets REVENGE over heartbreak?
Norris (played by Malcolm Hebden) agreed to a divorce from Mary (Patti Claire) on his return to Coronation Street a few weeks ago as he had his sights set on marrying fiancé Freda Burgess (Ali Briggs).
On discovering Norris’ plan, Mary told the pair she was refusing to divorce Norris to put a stop to their plans as she believed Freda was up to no good on the ITV soap.
As Mary continued to throw allegations at Freda, Norris’ wife-to-be discovered a stash of love letters amongst her fiancé’s belongings, with one containing a ring.
It was revealed Norris had been harbouring the letters from the love of Mary’s life Brendan Finch (Ted Robbins) who had planned to propose to the Weatherfield florist.
It is the criminal offence of bigamy
Discovering Norris had refused her the chance of a happy life, Mary tried to make contact with Brendan to accept his proposal only to learn the love of her life had passed away.
Reeling from the news and heartbroken at her happiness being cruelly snatched away, Mary told Norris he could have his divorce as she had sent for the papers.
Norris was already in a quandary as Freda had also called off her engagement to the Weatherfield stalwart, believing he cared more for Mary.
With the factory collapse storyline taking centre stage at the moment, the fallout of Mary’s announcement has yet to be seen meaning there could be plot twist on the way.
In the coming weeks, Norris could persuade Freda to give him another chance only for Mary to be left seething as she sees her husband getting his happy ending.
However, Mary could put the cat amongst the pigeons by intercepting the delivery of the divorce papers before they get to Norris and replace them with a fake but convincing duplicate.
Believing he is signing the real document, Norris could go ahead and marry Freda, unaware he is still legally in married to Mary meaning the stalwart would be committing a criminal offence.
If the plot twist does unravel, Norris will be face with numerous legal implications, leading to a shock arrest possibly once the happy couple have tied the knot.
Offering a legal perspective on Norris’ predicament, Director and solicitor of LSL Family Law Linda Lamb exclusively told Express.co.uk: “Despite Norris’s and Mary’s wedding originally being dubbed a ‘sham’, they are in a legal marriage and it is unlikely the marriage would be considered void.
“As a result if Norris marries Freda without a divorce it is the criminal offence of bigamy.”
Norris could find himself behind bars as a result of keeping Brendan’s love letters a secret for Mary for so long in the ultimate act of revenge from the florist, but could there be a way the stalwart can get himself released if he is arrested?
Alternatively, Norris may discover Mary’s deception regarding the divorce papers and go about his own ways to get a divorce from the Weatherfield florist.
With it clear Mary is refusing the divorce, Norris could go about a number of ways to settle the disarmament as Linda explains: “Norris could suggest that he and Mary attend mediation to deal with the separation which could include discussions about divorce and the finances.
“If all above fails then Norris can issue the divorce petition,” Lina concluded.
Viewers will have to wait and see how Norris’ storyline plays out in upcoming episodes but fans will finally learn the identity of the sinister super villain who caused the Underworld factory roof collapse next week.
Will it be Nick Tilsley (Ben Price), Gary Windass (Mikey North) or Robert Preston (Tristan Gemmill) who is exposed as the menacing resident who has allowed factory boss Carla Connor (Alison King) to take the fall?
Coronation Street continues Monday at 9pm on ITV.
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