Arthur Simpson-Kent is scheduled to fly from Ghana to London to face charge of tripple homicide

By Phil Boucher
February 11, 2016 11:30 AM
Sian Blake
Credit: Marilyn Kingwill/Landmark Media/Newscom/ZUMA

The boyfriend of murdered EastEnders star Sian Blake is scheduled to be extradited to the UK on Thursday night.

Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, was arrested in Accra, Ghana on January 9 on suspicion of murdering the former soap star and their sons Zachary, 8, and Amon, 4.

The professional hair-stylist had flown to Ghana shortly after Blake and their sons were reported missing from their home in Erith, Kent. A police search discovered their bodies hidden in the rear garden of the house on Jan. 5some 20 days after detectives first began investigating their disappearances, following contact from the anti-child abuse charity NSPCC.

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Postmortem examinations concluded that Blake, 43, and her children died as a result of serious head and neck injuries.

Simpson-Kent – who waived his extradition rights to voluntarily return to the UK – will next appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, where he will be formally charged with triple homicide.

The case will then be tried in front of a jury at the higher Crown Court at a date that is yet to be decided. At that point, Simpson-Kent will enter a plea and evidence against him will be revealed.