The crushing blow that Jill had terminal cancer sent Sol off the rails again and drove a wedge between him and Gina and Kate when he went missing and they went to look for him after Jill died. Following Jill's death, Sol fell out with Jack and was forced to live rough where he met Jess Holt. She was a young prostitute whom he fell for and wanted to help escape her pimp. His sister Kate returned to the village to help Sol find somewhere to stay and heal the rift between Jack and Sol. Sol moved Jess in, but her angry pimp later torched the pub, leaving Sol almost blind. When he got out of hospital Sol and Jess confronted her pimp and it turned violent. Jess pushed him from a balcony. He survived, but Sol and Jess fled Hollyoaks to avoid more trouble.