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.
He headbutts Sean and when Shirley says she wants to rebuild their relationship, Deano responds with exasperation, pinning her against a wall and shouting in her face, showing her his prison injuries. In September 2012, Carly returns to Walford for two days and tells Shirley that Deano is doing well, owns a bar and lives with his girlfriend in Australia.
Dropping his former nickname, Dean returns to the UK and develops a relationship with his maternal grandfather, Stan Carter (Timothy West).
In October 2015, it was announced that Di Angelo would be leaving the show in early 2016.
Dean Wicks (known as Deano until 2008) is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera East Enders played by Matt Di Angelo. It was announced on 18 August 2007 that the characters of Deano and his sister Carly Wicks (Kellie Shirley) were being axed by executive producer Diederick Santer.
Deano made his final appearance on 7 February 2008.
He follows Stan back to Walford, opening a salon there named Blades, funded by Stan, and briefly dating Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa).
He acquaints himself with his mother's family, who now own The Vic, but is unkind towards Shirley, verbally abusing her for her poor parenting, leading to Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) punching him.
Despite Kevin's efforts to stop her, Shirley makes herself known to Deano and Carly and eventually reveals that she is their mother.