But desire he really have allowed the one person he knows could blab there their plan to walk free and ruin his scheme?
Might he have planned kidnapped Vanessa and kept her somewhere isolated, so that she can’t raise the dismay?
He could well be lying to Rhona by saying he hadn’t been looking for her.
Could his extirpation then mean hers, as she’s left alone in a secluded hideaway, with no-one in the village conscious of where she’s gone?
Emmerdale continues on ITV on Monday at 7pm.