Cain Dingle is the illegitimate son of Zak Dingle and his sister-in-law Faith, although it was believed he was the son of Zak’s brother Shadrach, as well as the father of daughter Debbie along with sons Kyle, Isaac and Nate.
Cain is the local hardman and has tormented and beaten his way through life during his time in Emmerdale. From kidnap to arson, Cain has done it all.
Cain's main storylines have focused on discovering his uncle Zak Dingle is his father, his relationships with his cousin Charity Dingle, discovering he is Debbie's father, his affair and subsequent relationship with Moira Barton, being attacked where his assailant was eventually revealed to be his father, being diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, supporting his nephew Aaron Livesy after discovering Aaron was sexually abused by his father Gordon Livesy as a child, reuniting with his and Chas's mother Faith Dingle, his relationship with local vicar Harriet Finch and building up a relationship with his sons Kyle Wyatt and Isaac Dingle. They have also focused on his marriage with Moira and his bonding with his stepchildren Adam Barton, Matty Barton and Holly Barton and the death of his stepdaughter Holly Barton from a drug overdose.
In October 2018 Cain seemingly kills Joe Tate after punching in him the head, causing Joe to hit the back of his head on a rock, only for Graham Foster to finish the job after discovering Joe had survived his earlier injuries. In the big week storyline of October 2019, Cain discovers that Moira has been having an affair. After initially believing it to be with Pete Barton he finds out that it’s actually Nate Robinson the farmhand and that it’s been going on for months. Cain orchestrates a fishing trip with Nate and Moira. He eventually confronts Nate and during one of their tussles Nate spits out that Cain is his father and that Moira had served her purpose.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 1974-2000: Early life
- 1.2 2000-2004: Feud with the Tates
- 1.3 2004-2006: Sadie King and becoming a grandfather
- 1.4 2006: Tom King's kidnap and departure
- 1.5 2009-2011: Return
- 1.6 2011-2012: Judgement Day
- 1.7 2012-2014: The Bartons
- 1.8 2014-2016: Marriage to Moira Barton
- 1.9 2016-2017: Passionate affair with Charity Dingle
- 1.10 2017-2018: Relationship with Harriet Finch and reuniting with Moira
- 1.11 2019-2020: Presumed death of Joe Tate and long-lost son
- 1.12 2020-: DI Malone
- 2 Other information
- 3 Background information
- 4 Quotes
- 5 Gallery
- 6 See also
1974-2000: Early life
Cain was born on the 30th November 1974, as a result of an affair between his mother Faith Dingle and her brother-in-law Zak Dingle. Faith was married to Zak's brother Shadrach who brought Cain up thinking he was his biological son, unaware that he was his uncle all along. When Cain was 12-years-old, Faith left, tired of Shadrch's abuse. In her absence, he started taking out his anger on Cain instead. In early 1989, 14-year-old Cain had a fling with his then 12-year-old second-cousin Charity and unbeknownst to Cain, she gave birth to their daughter, Debbie, in October 1989. However, the child was taken away from Charity and she was kept apart from Cain who thus never found out about his daughter until many years later even though Shadrach was aware of the situation.
About two years later Cain had a relationship with Cara Robinson, a woman he worked in a bar with. Shadrach had a racist attitude towards her and used violence to attempt to make her stay away from Cain. Faith heard of the situation she wanted to help calm things but was horrified when she learnt that Cara was pregnant. As she knew Shadrach would never accept his son fathering a mixed raised baby, she coerced Cara into leaving Cain and never telling him about the existence of their son, Nate.
2000-2004: Feud with the Tates
In March 2000, Cain arrives for his half brother Butch's funeral, blaming businessman Chris Tate for his death, as the lorry that crashed into the bus causing the bus crash that had led to Butch's death was owned by Chris. Cain also blamed Butch's death on police officer Angie Reynolds and as a revenge tactic, seduces Angie's daughter, Ollie, manipulating her into believing he cared for her despite him sleeping with her mother. However, Angie decided to put an end to their affair as she tried to rebuild her marriage, however, Cain wasn’t going to be spurned without a fight and vowed to win her back or ruin her. He began sleeping with Ollie, and pushes Ollie's grandfather Len down a flight of stairs and then made their affair public which meant Angie got fired from her job.
In November 2002, to get back at him, Angie set Cain up by pretending to him that she was in on a scam that to rob a Tate Haulage truck, but she had in fact been working with the police and a car chase ensued. The car Angie was in went off the road and desperate to help her, Cain stopped running from police to rush to her aid. Angie was dying; severely injured from the crash, she died in Cain’s arms. He begged her to tell him she loves him but she tells him how much she loves her children.
Cain later found out that his cousin Charity was seeing Chris so Cain attacks her. Later, Paddy and Emily Kirk's foster Debbie Jones, who befriends the Dingles shows Cain a picture of her biological mother. He soon realised that Debbie was his and Charity's daughter. Despite being a con artist and hard man, Cain had grown to love Debbie and he and Charity constantly clashed over their daughter but, when the pair took Debbie on a family trip, Cain and Charity's love was rekindled and they began an affair. Chris also found out around that time that he had an inoperable and terminal brain tumour so a plan formed; he was going to frame Charity for his murder. What Chris didn’t know is that Cain was planning to murder his rival but he never got the chance - Chris drank poison having arranged for Charity to come to the house for dinner, and he correctly assumed everyone would think Charity had done the deed. Cain showed up and was there as Chris died so fearing that he and Charity would be charged with Chris's death, he got Debbie and fled the village. He eventually came back and was cleared of all charges while his and Charity's love grew stronger as she faced life in prison.
2004-2006: Sadie King and becoming a grandfather
After Charity's conviction for Chris' murder is quashed, she realised that she couldn’t spend the rest of her life slumming it with the Dingles. She was a woman used to having money and luxuries by then and so she moved on to the new local millionaire, Tom King, and they planned to marry. But Sadie, Tom's daughter-in-law, hired Cain to make Tom think Charity has been unfaithful. She wasn’t of course – Charity really did care for Tom – but he set her up by forcefully kissing her while Sadie had someone taking a photo which she showed to Tom on their wedding day. The plan worked; Tom threw her out. Never one to let sleeping dogs lie, Charity took revenge on Sadie by sleeping with her husband Jimmy. She also got Jimmy to confess to his part in the plot in the hope that Tom would take her back when he knew the truth. A furious Tom expelled Sadie and Jimmy from the King family and Cain was similarly banished from the Dingle homestead. Charity left the village shortly after and Sadie and Cain ended up in bed; when she rejects him, he kills her beloved dog, Damon.
Cain and Debbie then moved into Butler's Farm with Andy Sugden. Debbie and Andy quietly got closer and began a relationship behind Cain's back which was to result in the birth of baby Sarah in June 2005. Debbie kept the pregnancy a secret but when it all came out – no pun intended – Cain immediately bonded with his granddaughter and lavished love on her. However, all his best efforts to become a good family man were wasted on Debbie who rejected her daughter from the beginning. He kept on trying and desperate for an end to the situation, Debbie begged Emily to leave the village and take the baby with her. The lonely Emily happily agreed and slipped away with Sarah but when the Dingles found out, they were furious.
Cain was beside himself and vowed to find his granddaughter and bring her home however he couldn't find Emily and Sarah so he returned to the village harbouring a simmering hatred for Debbie for giving away the child. He was intent on making Debbie pay for what she’d done and set about making her life hell. Things got so bad between them all that Debbie ended up moving out and went to live with Ashley Thomas and his niece Jasmine who became very close friends and later started dating. Seeing this, Cain realised that he could hurt Debbie by using Jasmine so he began a charm offensive on the impressionable young girl. He slept with Jasmine and arranged things so that Debbie would walk in on them. Hurt, Debbie vowed to get her own back on Cain, no matter how long that might take.
Meanwhile, Sadie paid Cain to sabotage the King's new show home that was to house Cain's cousin Marlon and his wife Donna by driving a JCB into it but, while he did as she asked, she refused to sleep with him, making the passionate Cain furious. When Sadie confronts him, Cain threatens to tell Matthew as well so Sadie tells Ashley that Cain got Jasmine pregnant so the Dingles throw him out and allow Debbie to return. In his fury, he told Jimmy that Sadie had arranged the show home devastation. At the time, Sadie was having an affair with Jimmy's brother Matthew and Cain threatened to tell Matthew that he and Sadie were sleeping together. Sadie retaliated by telling Ashley that Cain had been sleeping with Jasmine which resulted in the Dingles once again evicting Cain and allowing Debbie to move back in. Defeated all round, Cain left the village for a while but was soon back when he found out the Jasmine was pregnant. He was delighted at the thought of being a father but Debbie persuaded the confused Jasmine to have an abortion which Sadie – who was chuffed to have a chance to destroy Cain's dreams of fatherhood – paid for. On the day the abortion was to take place, Cain searched frantically for Jasmine and Debbie but by the time he found them, the deed was done and Cain was devastated but Debbie was pleased to twist the knife and she let it be known that she’d promised revenge on Cain and she’d now got it. In the meantime, the King's plans for the new houses in the village forged ahead but what they didn’t know is that when Cain crashed into the show house, he’d fractured a gas pipe causing a dangerous buildup of gas. Despite Jimmy's temporary repair, on the day of the grand opening – which most of the village attended – a spark ignited the gas, causing a huge explosion and sending the house toppling to the ground, brick by brick, and left young mum Dawn Woods – Terry’s wife and Bob Hope’s daughter – dead, as well as villager Noreen Bell and estate agent David Brown. Cain found out about the explosion and was wracked with guilt, unlike Sadie who didn’t give a stuff.
2006: Tom King's kidnap and departure
A few weeks later, Cain's brother Sam helps his cancer-stricken wife Alice to die and was to be charged with her murder, so Cain accepts responsibility for Alice's death. Cain couldn’t bear the thought of another motherless child suffering as Dawn's son had because of his actions. Him taking the blame for the death of Alice – which saved Sam – made him the new Dingle family hero, and even the embittered Debbie was impressed. Sadie showed a partially human side by anonymously paying his bail. At Alice's funeral, Sadie once again recruited Cain into helping her get back at Tom and Matthew King; she told Cain that they could both get rich by kidnapping Tom and demanding a ransom. However, Sadie's plan didn’t go as expected because Debbie revealed to Cain that Sadie had paid for Jasmine's abortion, which left him heartbroken and more vengeful than he’d ever been before. After a nasty and emotion fuelled confrontation with Sadie, Cain followed her to the pre-arranged meeting place and while Sadie and Tom discussed the house collapsing, Cain emerged from the woods with a shotgun and kidnapped both Tom and Sadie. After hiding out in a barn for the night, Cain returned to the village and was quizzed by his sister Chas as to whether he’d had anything to do with Tom and Sadie's disappearance. Cain denied any involvement but eventually, the police closed in on Cain so he ran with his hostages in tow. However, the police chased him to a nearby quarry where Cain diverted their attention by sending his empty car over the cliff, making everyone believe Tom and Sadie were inside it. While the police were busy searching the quarry lake for their bodies, Cain attacked two police officers and disguised himself by wearing one of their uniforms.
Later, after pretending to shoot Sadie, Cain made Tom call Chas to arrange delivery of the ransom money. When this was done, Cain fled following a tearful goodbye to Debbie who begged him to take her with him. Cain refused but later, he arranged for money to be posted to his daughter to help her set up a business. When Cain got to the airport – where Sadie was by now waiting for him – he left her stranded and vowed to change his life. Cain left a final message to Debbie on her voicemail telling her to ignore what everyone else said; he told her he wasn’t with Sadie and ended by telling Debbie he loved her.
In February 2009, Cain was arrested on his return to the country after Andy reports him to the police. He was attempting to return to support and help Debbie, who was being held on remand for the murder of PC Shane Doyle just before Christmas. He hired a lawyer who specialised in self-defence cases to help Debbie, paying him in advance. Cain returned to the village on 28th April 2009 to help Debbie gain custody of Sarah. After finding her father in her house, they hug and immediately went up to Butler's Farm but not after Cain demanded to know what's been happening with the Kings and Debbie reveals that Tom got murdered on his wedding day and the business is starting to go down now that Jimmy and Carl are driving trucks for King and Sons after being bankrupt which cost them Home Farm. Cain was also surprised to hear that Matthew is dead after a car accident on his wedding day.
Debbie told him that Andy was refusing her access to Sarah. He warns Andy that Debbie will get custody after giving Sarah a princess dress. Later that day, Cain sees Carl and Jimmy. They demanded their money back but Cain refused. Jimmy punches Cain in the stomach and Debbie attempts to break the fight but Cain backs her off and continues to taunt the Kings before Carl punches Cain. Jimmy and Carl beat him up and Cain does not fight back, much to Debbie's horror, however, Eli along with Marlon come to Cain's rescue and Jimmy drags Carl inside. Cain is pleased to be back in business. He supported Debbie in her custody battle, which she eventually won
He then began flirting with Maisie Wylde, Andy's ex-girlfriend, and daughter of Mark and Natasha Wylde who took an instant dislike to Cain. After a brief fling with Maisie, Cain set his sights on Faye Lamb, first wife of Mark. They flirted for a while but it didn't come to anything as he realised she was using him to make Mark jealous. Cain also took an instant dislike to Michael - Debbie's new boyfriend but they didn't care. Cain was proved right when Michael admitted that he was getting married in a few days to his pregnant fiancee. In October 2009, in love with Michael, Cain and Debbie crashed the wedding and were shocked to discover that his fiancée was Charity. Michael called the wedding off, after discovering that Charity had lied about being pregnant. Cain warned Debbie not to have anything to do with Charity but on discovering that she and her young son, Noah, were homeless, invited them to stay with her. Charity took her up on it and moved in but took some persuasion to stay. She and Carl planned to rob Cain of his money but Cain realised and went after her. He and Debbie caught Charity in the act and refused to believe her when she said she was replacing it. Cain also threw her and Noah out so she moved in with Marlon. He gave her the money she had been about to steal and after Debbie's reassurance that they were okay, left the village. He returned on 22nd December bearing presents for Debbie and Sarah. He was still angry with Charity, but they reconciled on Christmas Day 2009 after he agreed to marry her when she proposed.
In 2010, Cain was taken back when he learned that Shadrach had died. Although Cain had never appreciated Shadrach it was clear that he felt a lot of grief over his loss. Cain finds Mark's wallet in the woods after Mark was killed by his wife Natasha at the start of the year, and blackmails her and her son Nathan as he thinks there is something sinister behind Mark's disappearance, however when Sam's dog, Alfie, digs up the body and Nathan frames his half-brother and Cain's employee, Ryan Lamb, for Mark's murder, and Ryan is convicted. Cain tells Maisie that Nathan and Natasha paid him to keep quiet and he cannot help Ryan without incriminating himself for fraud and blackmail. After seeing Nathan lie in the witness box, Cain kidnaps him to keep Sam quiet about the wallet. He holds him hostage in an abandoned barn, which is uncalled for, threatening to kill him if Ryan is found guilty. When Maisie learns what her mother and brother did, she calls the police and telling them her mother killed her father. Cain should have been arrested and should have spent time in prison for kidnapping Nathan.
Charity and Cain set a date for the wedding, but an eager Cain brings it forward. On 11th March 2010, his sister Chas, who is in on the plan, takes Charity into Leeds, tricking her into thinking they're going shopping. Charity realises what's actually happening as they reach the registry office and see the entire Dingle clan stood outside. She reacts badly and although she agrees to change into her wedding dress, she finds herself unable to go through with the ceremony. Later, in The Woolpack, she explains to Cain that she does love him but isn't ready to settle down and get married. They remain together, but Debbie leaves for Jersey, stressed by her parents' argumental antics. In April 2010, Bored and looking for a thrill, Cain and Charity decided to make fast money by stealing wealthy men's cars. The first time they attempt their scheme it is a resounding success after Charity successfully steals a businessman's keys after flirting with him in the bar of a local hotel.
When Charity begins working for Jai Sharma, Cain finds himself jealous believing the two are having an affair. Despite warnings from Debbie he cannot help but threaten Jai, warning him to keep his hands off Charity, however, he doesn't let himself be threatened and buys Charity a car to win her affections, angering Cain further. On 10th February 2011, Cain is upset when Jai takes Charity to a hotel in Leeds for a business trip for the evening. Jai tries to seduce her, however, Charity makes it clear that she won't cheat on Cain, despite his flaws and her attraction towards Jai. They book separate rooms for the night in another hotel.
Later, Cain arrives at the first hotel with flowers for Charity, but on finding out that she and Jai have already checked out and only had one room, he assumes the worst and returns to the village, where he chats up and has a one-nigh-stand with Faye Lamb, both parties aware that the relationship is nothing more than a rebound. When Charity returns, she sees Cain leaving Faye's house and witnesses the pair kiss. Furious, she slaps Faye, packs her bags and leaves Tug Ghyll. Initially, Cain is nonchalant and tells Debbie that Charity will be back, but soon it becomes clear that she has moved on from Cain when she moves into Holdgate Farm with Jai and the two begin a relationship. Cain tries to win Charity back on multiple occasions but she insists they are over and she is happy with Jai now.
On 10th March 2011, Cain goes as far as holding Charity hostage at a hotel after tricking her to come there by sending her an anonymous invite and a new dress which she assumed were from Jai. She was shocked to find Cain there waiting for her but decided to stay so they could talk. They had an emotional heart-to-heart but Cain blew his chances by repeatedly referring to Charity as a 'tart' and a 'whore', before attempting to smother her with a pillow and breaking down in tears. Charity explained that to Cain that he would never be able to let her forget about her past as a prostitute and told him that deep down he hated her for it, and despite his claims to the contrary he could not help but refer to her as tart once more when she told him she chooses Jai over him. Debbie later cursed Cain for ruining things and he told her she was letting go of Charity - for now.
2011-2012: Judgement Day
In April 2011, Cain is on the rebound after Charity refuses to forgive him for cheating with Faye, and sleeps with Amy Wyatt. When he rejects her, she tells him she is pregnant with his child. He coerces her into agreeing to have an abortion but her pregnancy is too far advanced. However, Amy, too scared of what Cain will do, tells him and Victoria Sugden that she had the abortion. Moria decides to purchase a Land Rover from Cain and agrees to pay him the money in weekly instalments. Moira asks Cain to keep the arrangement from her husband John, as their marriage is under a lot of strain and is quite fragile at that moment. Cain tells John about the arrangement and Moira goes to see Cain where they fight. Moira kisses Cain and they have sex. Moira regrets this instantly but they soon begin an affair Moira pleads with Cain not to tell John, however, Cain reveals the affair by taunting John about Moira's birthmark on her thigh leading to Moira and John to split up.
Cain continues to dislike Jai so when Jai's sister Priya turns up in the village and shows an interest in him, Cain uses this to his advantage. Jai accuses Cain of stealing from his parents' house and causing their father's road accident. Cain sends Jai a photo of Priya asleep nude and persuades her to call the police on Jai for assaulting her. Meanwhile, Amy gives birth to Cain's son, Kyle, in a cemetery; thinking he is dead, she panics and leaves him in a phonebox. Hazel Rhodes and Lisa Dingle find him and call an ambulance. Amy admits to being his mother, and Cain realises she lied about the abortion. Priya forgives Cain until she learns he is the father of Amy's baby and slept with Moira. Cain is arrested when Jai reports his threats to the police but Cain is released with a caution. When Cain enters the Woolpack, he begins taunting John and when Chas refuses to serve him, he eyeballs each customer, insulting them one by one. Debbie throws him out after finding out about Amy. Cain confronts John, Moira, Chas and Amy before leaving the village.
As Cain walks along the outskirts of the village, he stops and zips up his coat. Cain hears footsteps behind him but before he turns, he is struck hard on the back of the legs with a metal object and falls to the ground. Through his pain, he clearly recognises his attacker and is severely hit over the head. Debbie's boyfriend Cameron Murray later finds Jai standing over a badly injured Cain and calls an ambulance. Cain is rushed to hospital, Jai and Charity are arrested and questioned by the police. John is also arrested when Moira reveals to one of the investigating officers how John hurt his hand. While John is arrested, Cain takes a turn for the worse where it is discovered that he has a clot on the brain and needs urgent surgery, which goes well.
When Cain wakes up Chas, Aaron and Charity is by his side and asks him to reveal his attacker. He claiming that Jai attacked him, wanting revenge on him and Charity. As a result, Charity is excluded by the Dingles. Amy visits Cain and while he is sleeping, she tells him she might keep her baby. She is unaware that he has heard everything. Cain continues to claim Jai attacked him but on 5th January 2012, sick of the fights between Charity and the rest of the family, Zak admits that he was responsible and Cain tells the police that a man he knew from Spain attacked him.
2012-2014: The Bartons
Cain struggles to get over the attack and becomes a lot softer. Physically weak, Cain spends months trying to recover from the attack. In March 2012, he saves Holly Barton's life when she relapses on heroin. Even though he is still weak, Cain is able to drag Holly into his car and take her to hospital. Angry that Cain was the one who saved Holly and still upset about his father's death, Holly's brother Adam confronts Cain at the garage and demands an apology for what Cain has done to his family but Cain refuses. Adam then sets the garage on fire, trapping Cain inside and leaves Cain to die. Racked with guilt, Adam comes back and saves him. Adam confides in his best friend Aaron that he was the one who set fire to the garage. Seeing Adam's pain at the grieving of John, Aaron tells the police he started the fire and is able to persuade Cain into lying to police and saying Aaron set the fire. Cain then helps Aaron flee the police by getting a fake passport for him.
Cain notices that Cameron, Debbie's boyfriend, is starting to act suspicious and vows to find out what is happening. He does not know that Cameron is having an affair with his sister Chas. Cameron and Chas end their affair but Cain is still distrustful until Cameron claims he is only acting suspicious as he is planning to propose to Debbie. Cain, still doubtful tells Chas that when he finds out what Cameron is up to he will kill him and the slag he catches him with. On 17th October 2012, Debbie gives birth to baby Jack and Cain is shocked with pride as he watches his grandson being born and is happy when he finds out that Jack is a match for Sarah and that Sarah will survive. However, their happiness is short-lived and Cain feels furious and betrayed when he soon finds out about Chas and Cameron's affair. When they try to flee he smashes the car window and drags Cameron out the car. He is then arrested along with Charity after he makes a series of threats to Cameron. He is released without caution shortly afterwards.
After Moira has a steamy with Adam's best friend Alex Moss, Cain makes a deal with Moira that if Alex works at the garage then Zak can have Alex' old job at the farm. Moira sees Cain's vulnerable side and the couple begin seeing each other in late 2012. They agree to keep their relationship secret, to begin with. However, on New Year's Eve they announce their relationship by kissing in the Woolpack. Adam disapproves of the relationship and starts giving Moira grief about it. Chas is released from prison and Moira encourages Cain to make amends with her however he feels that if he does he will be betraying Debbie.
In February 2013, Cameron returns from Jersey and proposes to Chas. Cain is shocked at this and threatens Chas, telling her she should leave the village. Shortly after, Cameron arrived at the garage and the two men were involved in a brawl. Chas tried to break up the fight between her brother and fiancée but was knocked to the ground. Cain stopped to check she was OK, but an enraged Cameron appears behind Cain, armed with a wrench, ready to strike. However, Cameron backs down. Debbie becomes uncontrollable after the engagement and starts to do lots of dodgy business deals and Cain constantly has to protect her. Angry at the danger she is putting Sarah in, Cain and Debbie's relationship becomes hostile. Cain makes amendments with Chas. In April, Moira learns that she is pregnant with Cain's baby but she soon miscarries. Cain and Debbie have an argument, and Cain makes it clear that he holds her responsible for Moira's miscarriage. He then leaves Tug Ghyll and goes to live with Moira at Butler's Farm.
Adam, still angry at Cain and Moira's relationship, tries to set Cain up. He notices a bit of flirtation between a Cain and a girl called Natalie. Adam sets up a party and pays Natalie to sleep with Cain. Cain realises what Adam is up to and pushes Adam against a wall and threatens him. The following day Adam finds out about Moira's miscarriage and tells Cain he's glad Moira lost the baby. Cain then punches him but is stopped by Zak before things escalated. Adam then shows his mum his black eye and tries to persuade Moira to leave Cain. She sides with Cain and Adam leaves the farm.
With Moira and Adam still at odds, Cain dishes Adam a few home truths. Meanwhile, Robbie Lawson steals Cain's car keys and concocted a plan where he and Adam can come out on top and get some money. Fuelled by drink, Adam and Robbie accidentally run over a pregnant Kerry Wyatt. Scared, they drive off leaving an injured Kerry alone in the road. Cain reports his car missing while Moira later finds the dented car with bloodstains on it. Disturbed and disgusted, Moira blames Cain. Later Adam returns home and asks for Cain's help and tells him what's happened. Cain hatches a plan and sets fire to the car, destroying the evidence. Moira learns that Kerry was knocked down by a car and chucks Cain out, believing him to be responsible. She invites Adam to stay back with her, telling Adam that he was right about Cain all along. Adam agrees and does not tell his mother it was actually him. Adam eventually admits he ran over Kerry, and Cain and Moira reunite. Cain helps Marlon trace down Laurel Thomas's carjacker after Laurel goes after him with a pair of scissors. They manage to get there in time as he is about to attack Laurel again.
Cain repairs his strained relationship with Debbie after his cousin's Gennie's death. Cain begins to notice Cameron is hanging around Debbie and asks Debbie if she is seeing him again; Debbie firmly denies this and Cain is satisfied when Debbie publicly tells Cameron to leave her alone. In Gennie's funeral Chas realises that Cameron and Debbie are seeing each other again. Struggling to contain her emotion Chas runs out the church whilst giving a speech about Gennie. Cain runs after her and demands to know what Cameron has done - she replies he did Debbie. Fuming, Cain punches Cameron at Gennie's wake and Debbie and Cameron reveal that they are now a couple.
Cameron comes to live with Debbie but while he is moving his stuff into the house, Cain taunts him. Cameron taunts him back, leading to Cain knocking him unconscious and dragging him into his car. Debbie witnesses this and tries to stop Cain, however, Cain drives off. Desperate to know where Cain is taking Cameron, Debbie starts shouting at Charity and Chas, demanding to know where he is. Charity reveals that he might be at the quarry as that was where she and Cain once planned to kill Cameron and fake his suicide. Debbie rushes to her car and drives to the quarry. She finds a tied and gagged Cameron locked in the back of the car while Cain wipes his fingerprints off the steering wheel. Debbie begs Cain to stop but Cain ignores her and proceeds to push the car off the cliff. Unable to physically stop him, Debbie stands in front of the car. Cain demands Debbie to move however she does not, saying he will have to push her off as well. Cameron pleads with Debbie to move, knowing that the ground underneath is crumbling and it is unsafe. Debbie does not resent and Cain emotionally says that she is choosing Cameron over her family to which Debbie replies please don't make me choose. Cameron shouts at Cain to let him go and Cain does so. Cameron then punches Cain but Debbie stops him from doing more. Cain agrees to be civil but warns Cameron that he'll be watching him.
In September 2013, Debbie finds Gennie's Dictaphone and realizes Cameron murdered Gennie. She tells Chas who takes her to the police. With not enough evidence to charge, the police bug Debbie's house wanting to tape Cameron's confession. Cain starts to get suspicious of Debbie's behaviour and demands to know the truth. He is shocked and horrified when he hears of Cameron's murders and is worried about Debbie's safety. However, he supports her with her plan. Cain watches with the police as Debbie is wired and sent into her house with Cameron. Cain gets agitated as he watches it unfold and tries to intervene. Cameron confesses and Debbie shouts the code word, alerting Cameron who locks them in the house together. Cain gets arrested as he tries to get into the house to save Debbie. The Dingles watch as Charity complains at Cain and Chas for not telling her about Cameron sooner. Debbie escapes and has an emotional embrace with Cain before he is taken to the cells for a night while Cameron is arrested for the murders of Carl, Alex and Gennie.
With Declan Macey demanding a great sum of money from Moira, Moira fears she to pay it off she will have to sell Butler's Farm. Cain decides to take matters into his own hands and asks Charity for some help. They return to their old scams by stealing a car again. However, Cain has to help Charity as she is nearly caught by her husband Jai. The money buys Moira and Cain some time. Adam encourages Cain to raise the money however Moira wants Cain to do it legally. Cain swallows his pride by asking Jai to invest in a business investment however Jai refuses. During a heated argument, Cain suggests he should marry Moira however they decide to ignore it. Cain then reverts to his old ways, calling an old acquaintance called Marcus. Marcus asks Cain to help with a drug raid, however, Cain is disgusted with what Marcus is planning. After receiving a call from Moira, declaring her love for him, Cain backs down and ropes Ross Barton into the task, unsure of his true identity. The same night, on 24th October 2013, Cain proposes to Moira however before Moira can answer, Ross barges in with a gunshot wound.
Covered with blood after being shot, he blackmailed Cain into helping him by threatening to tell Moira about the job whilst she was out of the room. Moira wanted to call an ambulance but Cain and Ross insisted that she couldn't otherwise they would both be arrested. Instead, they had Moira's friend and veterinary surgeon Vanessa Woodfield assist to the wound. Cain tried to force Ross to leave at the earliest opportunity but Moira soon realized that Ross was the son of James Barton, John's brother, and therefore her nephew, whom she had not seen for around twenty years after James and John fell out. Moira allowed Ross to stay at Butler's Farm until he recovered, leaving Cain feeling uneasy. Cain tried to convince Moira to get Ross to leave but feeling sorry for him she wanted him to stay for a couple more days. Cain then informed Moira that Ross was Laurel's carjacker, leading to Moira to also want to get rid of him, but she was forced to reconsider when Vanessa insisted he needs a few more days of rest. Moira later finds out that it was initially Cain's job however forgives him.
After originally turning down Ross' offer of stealing Declan's car Cain relents after seeing how sad Moira is about having to sell the farm. At Declan's party, Cain hatches up a plan for Ross to dress up as valet and then pass the cars onto Cain, who later sells them on. After managing to sell Declan's car Ross gives part of his share to Cain in order for Moira to keep the farm. Ross leaves the village while Cain goes to pay Declan. Realizing Cain stole the cars, Declan initially refuses to take the money however after Megan states how desperate they are for money, Declan takes the money and Moira is able to keep the farm.
2014-2016: Marriage to Moira Barton
The couple get engaged and, with assistance from Chas in wedding preparations, Cain and Moira set a date for 15th May 2014. They get married successfully, although James gets drunk at their reception. Charity gets married the same day to Declan, although Cain tried to convince her not to go through with it as he was convinced she was doing it for the wrong reasons.
In August 2014, Cain's nephew Aaron returned to the village after 2 years away to help Adam who was supposed to be a lookout on a dodgy job for Ross Barton and Donna Windsor. Cain keeps Aaron hidden at the farm until Aaron decides to hand himself in because he doesn't want to run anymore. Aaron receives a suspended sentence and is finally able to come home and Adam accepts responsibility for the garage fire in 2012 and is sent to prison for 4 months.
In December 2014, Cain returns home from a business trip to France with bad pain in his head. He ignores it for a week, at which point he collapses and is found by Charity, who takes him to a hospital. Cain is told he had a brain aneurysm stemming from his attack in 2011 and needs an operation immediately but leaves the hospital without having had the operation. Returning to the village, he walks by the river but falls in after a dizzy spell. He is found by Vanessa Woodfield and Kirin Kotecha while they were out walking. Eventually, Cain recovers from his condition but is aware that the aneurysm will still exist inside his brain. Cain saves his half-sister, Belle Dingle after she tries to kill herself, and she is diagnosed with possibly schizophrenia, following recent events which led to the teenager killing her best friend a year previously. Since Belle's diagnosis, Cain was supportive of his sister.
In June 2015, Cain and Moira discover that Charity was pregnant when she was sentenced to prison and the baby, Moses Dingle, could possibly be Cain's. Cain visits Charity in prison and questions if he is the father of her child. It is later revealed that Ross Barton is Moses's father, following a one-night stand with Charity. Cain soon finds out that Ross and Debbie have been having an affair and to stop Debbie from running away with Ross, he tells her that Ross is Moses's father. Debbie's wedding day approaches and Cain threatens Ross and warns him to leave Debbie alone. Debbie marries Pete Barton, but her affair with Ross is discovered on a recorded confession which Ross made on his mobile phone during a conversation with Debbie. Just as everyone finds out, a helicopter comes crashing through the roof of the Village Hall, leaving everyone's lives at risk. Cain and Pete carry Debbie out of the Village Hall, as she is discovered under some debris and therefore begins to fight for her life, due to serious injuries following the crash. But, Cain realises that Kyle is trapped in the debris, and goes in to rescue him, but Kyle hides from him. Cain manages to convince him to come out. Kyle eventually comes out, and Cain rescues him, just before the entire village hall collapses.
In October 2015, Cain was stopped in his tracks by Zak when he tried to kill Robert Sugden in his hospital bed who had recently been shot for which Aaron had got the blame and was in prison awaiting trial. Zak appeals to his son and tells him he is a good man and that he will find another way to help Aaron. Robert eventually regains consciousness and having learnt the truth about the shooting from his brother Andy, gets Aaron released. Also during this time, Cain supports Chas (who witnessed Robert's shooting and is suffering from PTSD as a result).
In February 2016, Cain was devastated to learn that Aaron was raped by his father, Gordon Livesy when he was a child. After Chas told him about Aaron's abuse, Cain drove to Gordon's house when he plans revenge on Gordon for what he did to Aaron. The next day, Cain goes to Gordon's house and punches Gordon when he returns. Cain ties him up and forces Gordon to drink vodka and take Chas' sleeping pills to make it look like he was trying to take his own life. Gordon riles Cain up so much that he picks up a chair intending to beat Gordon with it, but Aaron and Chas arrive in the nick of time to stop him. Aaron informs Cain that he wants to deal with this his way by calling the police on his father. As Aaron is giving his statement, Cain, instructed by Chas, has told the rest of the Dingles, Moira, Paddy and Adam about Aaron. When he is being questioned, Gordon tells the police that Cain tried to make him take his own life. The police arrive at Butlers to question Cain, but Chas and Moira give him an alibi.
Despite Cain's newfound role as protector of the Dingle name, due to Zak's ex-communication, Chas criticises him, citing that he hasn't bothered even glancing at Aaron since finding out he was abused and is ashamed of him. Cain tells her that this is utter rubbish and that he still loves Aaron, the problem being that whenever he looks at him, it reminds him "of what a sick, perverted man Gordon is". Alongside this newfound fatherly duty, Cain also tries to protect Debbie from long term lover (and Moria's nephew) Ross after she leaves the village and he will stop at no lengths to get in contact with her. Cain also supports Lisa as she celebrates turning 60 by divorcing Zak. However, Cain later tries being civil with his estranged father due to his troubles with Chas. Cain was in the pub when Chas accidentally reveals to everybody in the pub that Gordon abused Aaron when he was a child. After the police tell Aaron that they can't get Sandra to back Aaron up, Cain goes to the scrapyard and finds Aaron taking his frustrations out on a car. Cain tells Aaron that he loves him and wants to see Gordon face justice but not at the cost of what it is doing to Aaron, so persuades him to drop the case. Back at the Woolpack Cain is present when the police tell Aaron that another of Gordon's victims has come forward.
In April 2016, Gordon stands trial for his crimes. Cain supports Aaron and Chas through the court case which sees Gordon found guilty and sentenced to 18 years in prison. A few weeks later, Cain celebrates with the rest of the family when Aaron receives his deed poll letter confirming him an official Dingle. However, the party is interrupted by the arrival of DS Wise who informs Aaron and Liv that Gordon was found dead in his cell. Cain initially believes Robert had him killed due to his money and connections but they are informed that Gordon took his own life.
In June 2016, Cain, while in The Woolpack, sees photos from Lachlan White's spy machine that Jermaine Bailey has been having an affair with Cain's little sister, Belle. Lachlan sent the photos to Cain's phone. Cain breaks into Jermaine's office at the GP surgery and shows the photo to Angie who is Jermaine's wife. Belle starts a massive row, but Angie threatens them to get out or she was going to phone the police
2016-2017: Passionate affair with Charity Dingle
In July 2016, After Holly relapses and becomes addicted to drugs again Moira confronts her drug dealer but falls onto a used needle causing her to believe she has contracted HIV. With Moira's help, Holly becomes clean, however, Cain is disgusted when he finds out Holly caused Moira to become contracted with HIV after he finds Moira's tablets. After that Cain walked out he tried to run James off the road the day after he walked out on Moira and snogged Charity at The Woolpack then after he moved in with Lisa and Belle at Wishing Well Cottage and after Moira ordered a divorce. Cain saved Charity's life when she tried to find Belle after she went missing following a mental breakdown, she ended up with broken ribs after a run-in with Holly's ex-boyfriend/drug dealer Dean, back at the garage Cain and Charity kissed then slept together. The following day Cain stood up for Charity in front of Zak and Lisa then called Charity back to the garage where he pulled her in for a kiss and they then had sex. The day after that Cain said that was another on-off Charity quoted 'You'll be sending me dirty emojis before they days out' they had sex again in a car but Holly knocked on the garage door, they got rid of Holly, after fetching him and Charity drinks she joked 'Same time tomorrow?'
In September 2016, Holly tentatively approached Cain and implored him to try and make things work with Moira but he told her to mind her own business. The next day, Cain was devastated when Adam informed him that Holly had been found dead in her bed from a heroin overdose. He went to Butlers and comforted a heartbroken Moira. Two weeks later, Holly's funeral took place. Cain watched from a distance and then later visited Holly's grave alone where he succumbed to his grief and cried for his stepdaughter.
In October 2016, Cain and Charity decided to start a new life together in France with Debbie. They made their goodbyes to the family but while on the road, Cain suddenly realised he couldn't go through with it. He told a distraught and heartbroken Charity that he loves Moira and gave her the keys to his car and headed back to the village alone. Cain went to Butlers and told Moira that he wants to be with her and he will do everything he can to make it right with her.
In December 2016, Cain takes the blame when Moira accidentally knocks Pete down after a heavy drinking session but is devastated when his ex-wife admits to having a one-night stand with her nephew. After an intense and bitter row, Moira tells Cain she needs him and they sleep together.
In January 2017, Cain grows frustrated with Kyle and almost hits him. He is ashamed of his actions as it reminds him of how Shadrach used to treat him when he was younger. He tells Zak, Lisa and Kerry to look after Kyle, believing he's better off without him. Cain is shocked when Debbie returns from France after going on the run from her boss. Two of his henchmen turn up and kidnap Jack and Sarah, demanding the money she stole. With the help of Ross and Charity, they get the money and the children are safely returned. Cain is later devastated when Debbie reveals Sarah has cancer. The Dingles are shocked when Lisa tells them that Joanie suffered a fatal heart attack after being released from prison. Cain is the one who breaks the news to Kyle and sets about mending his relationship with his young son. In February, Cain is shocked and angry when his estranged mother Faith turns up in the village but soon softens when she claims to have donated the anonymous £20,000 to Sarah's fundraiser and offers to pay for her lodgings at the B&B despite Chas' disapproval. Cain is upset when Kerry informs him that because of Faith's interference, Kyle has been taken into care. However, Zak and Lisa soon speak to the social worker and Cain is delighted when his son is returned to him.
2017-2018: Relationship with Harriet Finch and reuniting with Moira
In March 2017, he falls for vicar Harriet Finch after she catches him stashing stolen phones in her church. She threatens to call him in to the police, however, she then ends up helping him by lying to the police and helping him drive away from a crime scene. The pair then end up kissing passionately in the church. However, after catching him a second time, Harriet then calls him into the police where Cain threatened that he also dragged her into it. Terrified, Harriet goes to turn herself in but Cain stops her. He tells her he'd never do anything that like to her and that he's grateful she helped him. They then kiss passionately and end up sleeping together. This was the start of a sneaky and dangerous affair.
In June 2017, Cain and Harriet's affair was then made public and turned into a proper relationship after Harriet was stabbed and left fighting for her life, leaving Cain realizing how deep he felt for her. Cain helped her through her recovery process. In July 2017, Cain and Harriet are nearly caught having sex by the bishop after Debbie Dingle dobbed himself and Harriet in. Cain tries to disguise himself as a Catholic priest. However, when the bishop started slagging him off to Harriet, Cain couldn't help but lose it and revealing his true identity. He and Harriet then confront Debbie about it, she confesses and then starts bickering with Cain and Harriet.
In early October, Moira Dingle unexpectedly gives birth to Cains' son Isaac Dingle, leaving his relationship with Harriet on the rocks. Originally they are not sure who the father is but after Moira takes a DNA test she reveals Cain is his father. After a lot of thought, Harriet declares her love for Cain and selflessly tells him to be a family with Moira and his son. She leaves before Cain can say anything. A few weeks later, Cain overhears that Harriet is planning to move to Oxford to a brand new parish and so Cain and Moira can be together. He is shocked by the news and confronts Harriet, telling her he doesn't want her to go before passionately kissing her. Before the moment got too heated, Harriet pulled away and walked off.
In November, Harriet returns from Oxford and is greeted by Cain, who seems to think the pair are still together. Harriet has to remind him there is no 'us' anymore and that's why she left. Cain follows Harriet into the church where he tells Harriet he still thinks there's a future for them. Harriet is quick to shrug him off, but he demands it isn't Moira he needs, it's her. Harriet is taken aback but tells him he can't say that, before walking into the vestry. Cain follows her in and starts questioning her, she tries to ignore him but he grabs her and pulls her in for another passionate kiss. Both Cain and Harriet are taken away in the moment. Harriet reminds Cain she went away because he and Moira belong together and he's quick to respond, telling her that he belongs with her now. Harriet once again shrugs Cain off, he gets angry and storms off, leaving Harriet conflicted. A couple of days later, Harriet goes to visit Cain who is taking care of Isaac. She tells him she's worried about him as no one is looking out for him and people are only concerned about Moira. She demands she still cares about him as a friend, which prompts Cain to snap at her. Harriet is hurt and angry, and storms off. Harriet walks back into the pub a few hours later and Cain is quick to rush over to her. He apologizes, and when Harriet says if they can be mates, he tells her that isn't what he's thinking and kisses her. The pair are back on.
Harriet soon becomes jealous of the amount of time Cain has been spending with Moira. Their relationship hit a rocky patch over the Christmas period, as Harriet also found out it was Moira who killed Emma and that Cain has been lying to her. On 16th January 2018, Cain tells Moira he's a better man because of her and declares she's a beautiful, perfect, impossible woman and he loves her. Moira leans in for a kiss and soon she and Cain are getting passionate on the sofa. They spend the night together but the next morning Moira dismisses it as the heat of the moment. Cain tells Harriet he's finishing with her and she questions why but know it's to do with Moira. Furious Harriet blames Moira for her throwing away her life. Cain reminds Harriet that Moira did nothing to her, it was him who asked her to lie. Harriet accuses Cain of using her to protect Moira. Cain insists she's talking rubbish and spells it out to her that he doesn't love her like he loves Moira. Harriet is devastated Cain would give up what they had on the off chance of getting back with Moira. Putting on a brave face, Harriet labels Cain a "spineless, useless joke" before storming out but when she gets outside, she breaks down in tears.
In February 2018 Cain informs Moira that he and Harriet are over but she is apprehensive towards giving their relationship another shot. Cain helps redecorate Holly's old room, to make it a nursery for Isaac and while there, Moira overhears Faith telling Cain he belongs at the farm with Moira and his sons. However, Moira decides she's leaving the farm and leaving the village as she can't raise Isaac around all of the ghosts. Cain realises and is devastated. Cain returns to the farm where he begs Moira not to go, although Moira reiterates she can't be here right now. Cain informs Moira he'll be at the footbridge at 5pm - if she isn't there, he'll know she doesn't feel the same way about him as he does her. Moira tells him she won't be there so this is goodbye. Cain walks out. However, Charity manages to talk Moira out of leaving and Cain waits on the bridge as the church bells strike five o'clock. Moira appears a minute late. She tells Cain she loves him and they kiss.
2019-2020: Presumed death of Joe Tate and long-lost son
In October 2018, Cain storms up to Joe and punches him to the ground after he learns he has left his daughter, Debbie at the altar. Joe hits his head off a rock and is knocked unconscious. Joe lays unconscious with blood dripping from his nose. Graham checks for a pulse but can't find one. He tells Cain that Joe is dead although Cain thinks it's a sick joke. Cain is in disbelief. He reminds Graham he only punched Joe once although Graham states once is all it takes. He orders Cain to get in his car and drive towards Hotten to create an alibi. Cain can't understand why Graham is doing this. Graham comments it saved him a job. Cain returns to Butlers Farm in a state. He struggles to digest what he's done and rejects a call from Debbie. A solemn Cain sits with Isaac as someone knocks at the door. Cain eventually answers the door - it's Graham and he wants to talk. Debbie heads back to the hospital and explains to an upset Sarah that Joe is gone. After putting Isaac down, Cain asks Graham how he knows he's taken care of this property as he can't have any of this come back on him. Graham states he said he'd take care of things and he meant it so he'll just have to trust him. Cain wants to know where Joe is but Graham suggests it's best he doesn't know. Cain grabs Graham by the lapels but Graham isn't intimidated so Cain lets him go then signals for him to leave.
In January 2019, Cain told Debbie that he killed Joe, which caused a downfall in their relationship. On 14th March 2019, Graham picks Kim up from prison and they drive back to Home Farm; however, the car slows down to a complete stop - forcing Graham to go out for help. While waiting, Kim flags down, Cain, when he comes across her. At first, Cain helps Kim, but the two end up in an argument after he learns who she is. When Graham informs Kim that Cain killed Joe, having falsely claimed to have done the job himself, Kim plans to implicate Cain for Joe's murder. Kim tries to get Cain on her side, but he refuses. Cain goes looking for him and after hearing his phone ring, underneath the soil, he fears that Kim has killed him and begins to dig, only to be caught by the police. Kim then threatens to get Cain imprisoned for Joe's murder if she doesn't do what she wants. Kim finally tells Cain that Joe isn't dead and tries blackmailing him into bed in exchange for her telling the police. Cain chases after Graham and fights him in a field until Moira runs in and breaks it up. Cain agrees to sleep with Kim but bails out at the last minute, enraging Kim. Graham phones Joe to say a final goodbye to him, but as Kim threatens to have him killed, he blackmailed her by saying he will tell Jamie if she doesn't leave Joe alone. Kim tries to contact Jamie but fails to. Debbie slaps Kim once she learns the truth about Joe. Cain assumed that the news would make Debbie forgive him but she remained hostile towards him as she was still upset at how he had handled things.
In May 2019, Cain supported his sister Belle after, Lisa passed away shortly after returning to the village from Scotland. Following Lisa's funeral, the family got personal letters from her which inspired Debbie and Cain to make up. However, in July, Cain disappears without and explanation upsetting Moira who tells him he can't just leave his sons. He then reveals he left as he found out Lisa had left a garage for Belle and Debbie in Scotland and had gone to try and sell it behind their backs, as they both belonged in the village and he didn't want to risk losing them. However, the new farmhand Nate Robinson, who disliked Cain, overheard and informed Debbie of what her father had been up to. Debbie was mad at her father but the two soon made up as Cain realised he can't make these decisions for her. Later, Cain was angered when Debbie informed him that she had decided, after some encouragement from Sarah, to move to the garage in Scottland with Jack. He was upset but came to the conclusion that he would rather have her far away than living down the road, not speaking to him. On 13th August, Cain sees her off as Debbie leaves the village. In late August, Cain went on a long visit to Scotland to help Debbie, unknowingly giving Moira the perfect opportunity to pursue her recently started affair with Nate.
Cain returns in late September 2019, and confronts Moira on her recent behaviour, as he starts noticing that something isn't right. She doesn't open up but Cain reassures her that he will find out. He grows more and more suspicious of Moira's behaviour. Faith later becomes involved and is convinced that Moira is having an affair with Pete, and tells Cain that who is furious. Cain manages to seduce Pete up to Butlers for revenge and knocks him unconscious and tied him up. Knowing that Cain wasn't going to back down without any answers, Pete finally exposes Moira and Nate's affair. Cain sets out for a day he will never forget as he goes in search for Nate.
The following day, Cain lures Moira and Nate into his car and takes them out on a boat. The realisation on the meaning behind Cain's boat trip comes to Nate when Cain admits he knows Moira's sleeping with somebody else. Cain pushes Nate too far beating around the bush, forcing him to come clean and brag about sleeping with Moira on many different occasions. Moira suddenly hears a loud bang from inside the boat and discovers Nate lying unconscious. Moira realises she has been caught out and that Cain knows about her and Nate. He forces her to come clean to him. She assures Cain that everything with Nate was physical with no emotion. He's rattled at her actions. Cain and Nate get into a fight and they tussle into a showdown, and Nate's intensions with Moira become clear once he unexpectedly calls Cain "dad". Nate reveals he is Cain's long lost son from a previous relationship, hellbent on making Cain's life a misery as he did to him when he abandoned him. Later, an explosion goes off on the boat, caused by the paraffin brought on board for the stove, but they all make it off in one piece. Cain then visits Nate in hospital where he reveals that he did what he did to get revenge on Cain for abandoning him and his mum, Cara Robinson. However, Cain is adamant that he never knew she was pregnant and that she never tried to contact him. Faith arrives and reveals that Shadrach who was racist and wouldn't accept his son having a child with a black woman sent out several threats to Cara and because of this, Faith was the one responsible for driving Cara away in an attempt to protect them all from Shadrch's wrath. Faith wants the pair to move forward, but Cain’s overwhelmed with the news and tells Nate to stay away from him and his family. Cain then turns his back on Nate, disowns Faith and publicly exposed Nate's true identity and affair with Moira. Shortly after, Faith leaves the village.
Cain refuses to forgive Nate and Moira and stops Moira from seeing the kids. Nate tries to make amends, wanting to get to know Cain, as well as the rest of his new family, but Cain wants nothing to do with him. Cain gets upset when he finds Nate at Wishing Well Cottage with the rest of his family and tells them they have to choose, forcing them to freeze out Nate as well. On Christmas Day, Cain was upset to see Belle had invited Nate over again, trying to insist that Nate was family and told him that he should forgive him as he had made much worse things in his past but was still forgiven. Cain gave in and told Nate he would not stop the rest of the family from getting to know him but said he should not talk to him.
In January 2020, Cain came face-to-face with Cara for the first time since they were teenagers after she was called by Moira who wanted to get rid of Nate. Her plan backfired when Nate refused to go with Cara, wanting to get to know his new family and told Cara to leave. Moira realised she had a problem and told Cain she was going to stay with Nana Barton for a while and sort herself out. When she returned the following month, she begged Cain to give their relationship another go but he presented her with divorce papers which she surprised him by signing.
On 20th February 2020, Cain worried about Moira after hearing from Nate that there had been rustlers up at the farms and they were starting to get violent. Armed with a gun he had gotten from Harriet, which she wanted him to get rid of for her boyfriend Will Taylor, Cain went into the barn and shot into the dark, believing Moira was in danger. However, he was horrified when he realised he had accidentally shot Nate who was in a critical condition. Moira covered for Cain, telling the police rustlers had shot Nate, but Cara didn't believe them and vowed to get the truth. Cain felt awful about shooting his own son and visited him in hospital the following day. Nate backed up Cain and Moira's story, saying he owed them that after everything he'd done. Cain felt guilty about shooting his son and he and Nate finally began to bond. Cara and Cain finally decided to put their differences aside.
2020-: DI Malone
In March 2020, Cain got himself involved with bent copper DI Malone after it turned out Will's gun actually belonged to his old gang led by Malone. Cain found out Malone had threatened Will to start working for him again and told him to back off which had the opposite effect, turning Malone's attention towards him and forcing him to work for him as well.
- Cain is nicknamed "Grumpy" by his granddaughter, Sarah Sugden.
- Jeff Hordley decided to leave the show in April 2006, with the door left open for a potential return. He was asked to return to the show but initially turned the offer down until he felt the "time was right". Cain's exit storyline was the kidnapping Tom and Sadie King and Cain fleeing the country (which also resulted in Sadie's exit). Cain returned in Episode 5282 on 28th April 2009.
- In 2011, it was announced that Cain would be attacked by a mystery assailant. Six suspects to the attack were named: John and Moira Barton as Cain had destroyed their marriage by having an affair with Moira; Jai Sharma and Charity Tate as Cain had terrorised them and caused them to end their relationship; Amy Wyatt as Cain had got her pregnant through a one-night stand and had then proceeded to taunt her about being a single teenage mother; Cain's father Zak as he felt Cain needed to be taught a lesson for the things he had done and for disgracing the Dingle family name.
- James Prentice portrayed a teenage Cain in Episode 7992 (17th November 2017).
"Alright, Uncle Zak." - First line.
"Kid. I'm on my way. Don't believe what you hear. Sadie's not with me. And guess who got the money? I'm sorry. I'm really, really sorry. All I can do now...is try and be happy for a change. Promise me you'll do the same. You have a loving dad." - Last line before his 2006 departure, in a voice mail to Debbie Dingle.
"So. How are ya?" - First line upon his return to the village in April 2009.
"Not. So you're not gonna shake on it then? Can't say I didn't try, OK. Sorry to hear you offed your brother and your dad. Heard from your ex-wife recently?" - to Jimmy King right before Jimmy and Carl attack him after his return in April 2009.
"[Groan] There's always someone who wants a bit more. Right, you've got three seconds, and then I'm gonna turn around and hurt ya." - Cain right before being brutally beaten with a tyre iron by his father Zak Dingle in December 2011.
"The big bad church of Cain, mate. You badmouth me again and that church gonna come right down on you." - to Reverend Finch's Bishop, Bishop Barry, after pretending to be a clergyman called Father Gideon after the bishop almost walks in on the vicar and Cain getting dressed after having sex in the church's vestry in July 2017.
"Watch yer mouth." - Cain to anyone who argues with him.
"He was lovely if you didn't live with him". Talking about his abusive "father" Shadrach Dingle.
"Do one". Another phrase Cain says to people who annoy him.