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Boyfriend of EastEnders actress to face murder trial in October

Published 16/02/2016 | 10:16

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 hairdresser will face trial in the autumn over the murder of EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two children.

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Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, is accused of killing his 43-year-old girlfriend and their sons Zachary, eight, and four-year-old Amon between December 12 and December 16 last year.

The bodies of Sian Blake and her two children were found in the family home in Kent last week. Photo: PA
The bodies of Sian Blake and her two children were found in the family home in Kent last week. Photo: PA

The victims vanished on December 13 and their bodies were found buried in the garden of the family home in Erith, Kent, on January 5.

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Simpson-Kent was arrested at Heathrow Airport last week after agreeing to his extradition from Ghana.

He appeared before the Recorder of London, Nicholas Hilliard QC, at the Old Bailey via video-link from Wandsworth Prison.

Bearded Simpson-Kent wore a grey sweatshirt and spoke only to confirm his name.

The judge fixed a plea and case management hearing for May 3 ahead of a provisional trial on October 4.

No application for bail was made and the defendant was remanded in custody.

Ms Blake played Frankie Pierre in 56 episodes of EastEnders between 1996 and 1997. She was suffering from motor neurone disease before she died.

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