Coronation Street spoilers follow.
Coronation Street has revealed that Bernie Winter could be facing significant prison time.
Bernie was recently arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods when she tried to quickly sell some stolen items with her dodgy business partner Big Garth.
She had been trying to make some quick cash to help her son Paul Foreman, who is in need of money until his Personal Independence Payment comes through.
Until Monday's (November 13) episode, Bernie had hid her legal situation from son Paul since he was starting to experience health challenges from his Motor Neurone Disease (MND) diagnosis.
Bernie had no choice but to admit to her children that she was due in court to face the stolen goods charges in the latest instalment.
At Joel Deering's suggestion, Bernie agreed to plead guilty with the hope that she'd get some leniency from the judge, but that was not the case.
The judge announced at the hearing that, because of Bernie's criminal record, there was little choice but to sentence her to time behind bars.
Bernie then had to share the difficult news with Paul and Gemma that she could be facing as much as six months behind bars.
This news was heartbreaking for Paul since he recently learned that he likely only has between 6 and 12 months left to live.
While Bernie held it together in front of Paul, she finally broke down at home with Dev as she worried she'd be abandoning Paul in the final months of his life.
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.
Coronation Street has been working on Paul's storyline with support from the MND Association, which focuses on improving access to care, research and campaigning for people affected by motor neurone disease.
The charity's helpline MND Connect (0808 802 6262) is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and 7pm to 10.30pm. Calls are free.
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