A picture has emerged of Sian Blake’s boyfriend Arthur Simpson-Kent arriving in Ghana days after being questioned by police.
The ex-Eastenders actress’s sister has branded Simpson-Kent a triple killer and demanded he is ‘brought back to justice’ amid fears he has fled the country. The picture, obtained by ITV News, shows him at Kotoka International Airport Ghana at 9pm on December 19, three days after being interviewed by officers. More after the cut….
Murder squad detectives are urgently trying to find Simpson-Kent after the bodies of Miss Blake and her sons, Zachary, eight, and Amon, four, were found in the garden of the family home in Erith, Kent, earlier this week. Today, Miss Blake’s sister Ava said Simpson-Kent, who police have not confirmed that he has fled the country, will have to ‘answer to God’ for his actions.
Simpson-Kent, who has been described as a “violent coke dealer” by his ex-wife, had fled to Africa. Today Sian’s sister claimed the ex-EastEnder, who played Frankie Pierre in the 90s, was about to leave her “controlling” boyfriend when she and her kids were murdered.
Speaking at Scotland Yard, Miss Blake said: ‘Unfortunately I believe Arthur was responsible. I want him to face justice and explain why. It’s my nephews more than anything. ‘My brother is angry. My cousins are angry. They are angry about Sian, but the boys have devastated us. We have lost a generation. We can never replace them. ‘I want him to be brought back to justice. He’ll have to answer to the courts of this country and to God eventually. I don’t know what is going through his mind.’
Scotland Yard has refused to confirm reports that Simpson-Kent, 48, has fled to Ghana, but a spokesman said: ‘Whether or not he is in the country is one line of inquiry.’
Miss Blake broke down in tears as she paid tribute to her sister.
‘I have lost my sister and my nephews. I’m not going to see them grow up,’ she said. ‘I’m going to miss Sian. She was my sister and someone I loved. I was proud of her as an actress. I just wanted the best for her and my nephews. ‘We always had hope because of certain things we were told by police. That hope was always there.’
Ava said her sister had planned to leave Simpson-Kent over the Christmas period.
She said: “In the last year I have to admit my sister was not the vivacious, happy person she once was. She was a lot more quiet. “She had asked to come back home and we said yes, so we really tried to plan on getting her to move back home. “She said she would come back, sort of Christmas week, and after Christmas they would arrange about selling the property she lived in.”In our opinion the relationship had already come to an end but she hadn’t quite made that break or that decision to leave Arthur. “She may not have told him. She also wanted to do it in a way that caused the minimum amount of discomfort to him as well. “She didn’t want to throw him out on the street but give him time to find somewhere else to live. That was the only point she was wavering on.”
Miss Blake was last seen with her sons in east London on December 13. Metropolitan Police officers spoke to Simpson-Kent on December 16 at the family home in Pembroke Road, Erith. He has not been seen since. The force has faced questions over why it took so long for its murder squad to become involved in the investigation. The case was taken over by homicide detectives on Monday, before the three unidentified bodies were found the next day at the Erith address. Murder detectives are urgently trying to trace Simpson-Kent – whose ex-wife today exposed him as a violent, steroid-addicted black supremacist who said white people were “a disease”.
Sian, who played Albert Square homewrecker Frankie Pierre in the 90s, was battling terminal motor neuron disease. Officers had thought she was alive after being fooled by texts sent from her home.
But Ms Blake’s sister said she did not have any criticism of the police investigation. Asked whether she believed police did everything they could, Miss Blake replied: “Yes I do.”