Speaking at the Central Criminal Court — otherwise known as ‘The Old Bailey’ — prosecution council Mark Heywood QC said Blake wanted to return to her family home in Leyton over the 2015 Christmas holidays “because of the state of their relationship,” reports the Daily Telegraph.
The former EastEnders star also wanted to be near her family because her terminal motor neurone disease had caused severe weakening in her arms, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said Blake’s disease left her unable to defend herself at all when Simpson-Kent, 49 — who has pleaded guilty to triple homicide — flew into a rage, killing the actress and their two sons, Zachary, 8, and Amon, 4. He later buried all three in the rear garden of the family home in Erith, Kent.
“The evidence suggests, and this much is not disputed, that, on the night of December 14, 2015, the defendant killed each of them in turn with heavy, deliberate, repeated blows with a blunt instrument not since recovered, and then by cutting and stabbing them with a bladed weapon in a way that ensured their deaths,” Heywood told the Old Bailey in London, according to the Daily Telegraph.
“He then covered his crimes by moving, wrapping and burying each of them, cleaning and partially painting his home,” Heywood added. “He misled friends, family and the police, among others, as to what he had done and where his partner and children had gone.”
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In an attempt to escape his crime, Simpson-Kent flew to Ghana, Africa on December. 18, four days after the triple murders. In a cruel twist, the hair stylist also sent her family several cell phone messages, pretending to be Blake.
“I’m taking time to myself and my children without constant opinions from family and friends,” read a message sent to her sister Ava, reports the Daily Telegraph. “I have had enough of appeasing everyone. We are away and I will not be calling or speaking to anyone for a few months.”
Despite this elaborate attempt to hide his actions, Simpson-Kent was captured on a remote beach in Ghana on January 9 and later extradited to Britain. He now faces life in prison.
Simpson-Kent told police in Ghana that he killed the trio as part of an alleged murder-suicide pact, stemming from Blake’s terminal illness and his poor relationship with her family, according to The Guardian. But prosecutors say this is not true.
Simpson-Kent faces a life sentence in prison.