British murder suspect remanded in prison custody

A magistrate court in Accra has remanded into prison custody Arthur Simpson-Kent, who is suspected to have murdered wife Sian Blake and their two sons, Zachary and Amon at their Erith home.

Mr Simpson-Kent appeared before the Kaneshie Magistrate Court on Tuesday for extradition hearing but the case was adjourned to January 26.

The EastEnders actress’ suspected murderer was arrested over the weekend at Butre in the Western Region after days of manhunt by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service.

While awaiting a formal extradition request from Scotland Yard, the police had to arraign Mr Simpson-Kent for court as Ghana’s laws do not permit detention over 48 hours without trial.

Counsel for the murder suspect on Tuesday accused the Attorney General of deliberately denying them access to their client, who had planned suicide on January 15 as per his statement to the police.

Mr Simpson-Kent had also confessed the murder of 43-year-old Bake was upon an agreement as “she would die soon”.

He also confessed in his statement that the two sons – Zachary, 8, and Amon, 4 – were killed because there was nobody available to take care of them.

The family had been reported missing on December 16 but their bodies were found on January 5 buried in their south east London home garden.

Mr Simpson-Kent is expected to be later extradited to the UK for the murder trial.

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