Partner of Murdered Soap Star Sian Blake to Stand Trial in London
The partner of slain soap star Sian Blake waived his extradition rights from Ghana and will stand trial for the murder of Blake and their two young sons.
The BBC reports that Simpson-Kent, who appeared in Accra, Ghana, courtroom, stated he intended to return to the UK before his arrest on a beach in Ghana and that he had not traveled to the West African nation to escape justice.
Simpson-Kent 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, where Simpson-Kent will enter a plea and evidence against him will be revealed.
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Speaking about today’s developments, a Scotland Yard spokesperson tells PEOPLE “We are aware of the developments in Ghana today regarding Arthur Simpson-Kent and we continue to work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service Extradition Unit and the UK Government with regards to his extradition.”
Simpson-Kent was initially arrested at a beach resort in Ghana on January 9 on suspicion of murdering the former Eastenders star, 43, and their two children, Zachary, 8, and Amon, 4.
The bodies of all three were discovered in the rear garden of their home in Erith, Kent, on Jan. 5 – more than three weeks after they were last seen alive on Dec. 13.
Postmortem examinations concluded that the former actress, 43, and her children died as a result of serious head and neck injuries.
Simpson-Kent, who shared the Erith home with Blake, flew to Kolkata International Airport on Dec. 19 – just three days after he was questioned by the British police about Blake’s disappearance.
The British police has since been criticized over this delay and the investigation referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The commission is assessing if anything about the investigation could have been done differently.