Sunday 25 September 2016

Ex-Eastenders actress murder suspect remanded by Ghana court

Published 12/01/2016 | 12:00

Arthur Simpson-Kent (2nd R), who is wanted over the murder of a former EastEnders actress and her two children, leaves a district court after a remand hearing in Accra, Ghana. Reuters/Matthew Bigg
Arthur Simpson-Kent (2nd R), who is wanted over the murder of a former EastEnders actress and her two children, leaves a district court after a remand hearing in Accra, Ghana. Reuters/Matthew Bigg
Arthur Simpson-Kent (left), 48, and Amon, four. Simpson-Kent was captured in Ghana after fleeing the UK following the death of his partner Sian Blake and their two children, Zachary, eight, and four year-old Amon, according to reports. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
A police officer leads Arthur Simpson-Kent into the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters in Accra, Ghana.
The bodies of Sian Blake and her two children were found in the family home in Kent last week. Photo: PA
Arthur Simpson-Kent was found hiding on beach

The boyfriend of ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake has appeared in court in Ghana, facing extradition to the UK where he is accused of murdering her and their two children.

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Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, was at Kaneshie Magistrates' Court in Accra today after he was arrested in a small town in the west of the African country on Saturday.

Wearing the same grey T-shirt and jeans he was dressed in when he was detained, the hairdresser was remanded in custody for two weeks.

He left the UK on December 19 following the deaths of his former partner, 43, and their two young sons, Zachary, eight, and four year-old Amon.

Their bodies were found buried in the garden of the family home in Erith, Kent, on January 5, more than three weeks after they vanished.

Scotland Yard is under investigation over why it took so long to call in homicide detectives and find Miss Blake and her two sons.

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