Sunday, 10 January 2016

EastEnders actress Sian Blake murder suspect paraded before cameras in Ghana

Arthur Simpson-Kent, the suspected killer of ex-EastEnders and her two children was today paraded in front of the media ahead of a press conference in Ghana. The 48-year-old was handcuffed and scruffily dressed in a grey t-shirt and sandals. He  shook his head and repeatedly said 'No' as he was questioned by journalists at the country's police headquarters in Accra.

Simpson-Kent was captured on the beach in Ghana yesterday after fleeing the UK following the deaths of his former partner and their two young sons, Zachary, eight, and four year-old Amon.

He was 'smoked from a thicket' and reportedly found eating a coconut with a spoon after splitting it open with a knife. It has since emerged that British police have not formally requested the extradition of Simpson-Kent.

Ghanaian Director General of CID Prosper Agblor said Ghanaian authorities launched a manhunt for Simpson-Kent after being contacted by the British authorities on Thursday January 7.

He said: ‘The suspect was alleged to have buried the bodies of the victims in a shallow grave in the garden behind their apartment in Erith in London.

 ‘He was believed to be hiding in Busua.

‘Intelligence gathered on the ground led the team to Busua and Butre towns.

‘With the assistance of the Chiefs and people of the two communities and the local police, an intensive search was mounted for the fugitive.

‘Arthur Simpson-Kent was eventually smoked from a thicket near Butre where he was hiding.

‘He was armed with a knife. He was disarmed and arrested.’

Mr Agblor said Simpson-Kent had arrived in Ghana on December 19 last year but wrote on his landing card that he had arrived on December 7.

DCI Graeme Gwyn, from Scotland Yard confirmed police were not looking for anyone else in connection with the murders.

Simpson-Kent had been in Ghana since before Christmas after being allowed to leave Britain by police. 

Residents of the coastal resort Busua, two miles from the village of Butre where he was found, say he had made friends locally and celebrated the New Year wildly at a rooftop party.

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