Dean continues as if nothing has happened and begins dating Stacey after she moves into a flat share with him.
Chelsea and Deano swear revenge and frame Sean for the assault of Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker), stealing CCTV footage that would have exonerated him.
Sean is imprisoned, but he gets revenge on Deano by having him attacked by a gang of thugs.
Sean attacks Deano again, forcing his head into a toilet.
Afraid of spending time in prison, Deano attempts to run away twice before his trial but eventually faces up to his responsibilities and is sentenced to six months imprisonment. On visits, his family discover that he is being bullied by the other prisoners and, after getting into trouble, he is denied early parole.
Despite Kevin's efforts to stop her, Shirley makes herself known to Deano and Carly and eventually reveals that she is their mother.
Deano struggles with this and after seeing Shirley behave promiscuously, he behaves recklessly and crashes a car at high-speed injuring himself, his passenger Chelsea Fox (Tiana Benjamin) and a pedestrian, Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald).When Carly finds the stolen CCTV footage, she gives it to the police and Sean is released.Deano and Chelsea are arrested for perverting the course of justice and released on bail.When Deano arrives in Walford in 2006, he persuades his great aunt Pat Evans (Pam St.Clement) to take him in and is soon joined by his stepfather Kevin Wicks (Phil Daniels) and sister Carly (Kellie Shirley).She ends her relationship with Dean, throwing him out and refusing to believe his version of events; that sex with Linda had been consensual and that Linda's reaction stems from guilt.