Suspect in slaying of 'EastEnders' actress ordered to remain in custody

ACCRA, Ghana -- A court in Ghana has ordered a suspect in the slayings of a British actress and her two young sons in London to remain in custody until an extradition hearing in two weeks.

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Arthur Simpson-Kent, who was the boyfriend of former "EastEnders" actress Sian Blake, was arrested Saturday in western Ghana where he fled. He had disappeared after speaking to British detectives on Dec. 16 following the killings of Blake, 8-year-old Zachary and 4-year-old Amon.

The 48-year-old appeared at the Kaneshie Magistrate Court in Accra Tuesday. Justice Rosemond Agyiri ordered he be held until an extradition hearing Jan. 26. She also said he should be allowed unlimited access to his lawyers.

Ghanaian authorities said they intend to extradite him.

Blake, 43, appeared in the long-running soap opera in 1996-1997.


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