|First appearance||18th October 1989|
|Number of appearances||1|
|Played by||Robert Whelan|
Just before the trial, Det. Sgt. Crichton expressed his doubts to Mr Myers over whether Rita would be a reliable witness, as she was so overzealous in her determination to put Alan away that he feared the jury would find her unsympathetic. As the attempted murder case hinged on Rita's witness statement, Crichton suggested that they accept the defence's offer to plead guilty to the lesser charge of assault. Mr Myers concurred and reached an agreement with the defence in time for the trial.
Alan pleaded guilty to fraud and assault and was sentenced to two years in prison, with one suspended, but walked free from the court that day having served seven months and been granted remission for good behaviour.