Sian Blake murder suspect faces speedy extradition to UK after identification
The partner of former EastEnders actor Sian Blake, who was detained over the alleged homicide of her and her two sons in Ghana, faces extradition to the united kingdom as soon as British authorities officially identify him.
Arthur Simpson- Kent, 48, was detained on Saturday after fleeing the UK following the departure of Zachary and their two children, Blake, eight, four, and Amon.
Simpson Kent was detained close to the coastal resort of Busua after local detectives had been tipped off by several villagers. The BBC reported that Simpson Kent was cutting on a coconut when he was encircled by armed police.
About 10 police officers went to the shore where he was seen hiding among some stone. His arrest involved Ghanaian and Met authorities and policemen from Interpol.
Simpson-Kent, before the arrests supposedly provided to give a neighborhood craftsman smartphone his iPad and cash and said he needed to purchase heroin so he could take a lethal overdose, the Mail reported. A craftsman, Idris Assoumana, told the newspaper he’d an hour long conversation with him on the shore after facing him over the homicides.
“I told him that there clearly was a homicide query about his partner and kids and that their bodies were located,’ said Assoumana.
Simpson Kent arrived in Ghana on 19 – three days after authorities talked to him about their kids as well as his lost partner. A homicide investigation was begun by authorities in britain after the bodies of her two kids and Blake were found in the garden of the family home in Erith, southeast London.
Detectives said major efforts were made to hide the remains of the family and made the discovery on Tuesday. All three died as an outcome of neck and head injuries, authorities said.
But the bodies weren’t found until around three weeks afterwards. An Independent Police Complaints Commission inquiry was started into the treatment of the case of Scotland Yard.
The Home Office said the Met would need to officially identify Simpson Kent first before extradition proceedings commence. Ghana and the UK have an extradition treaty.
“After a request is created to the Ghanaian authorities, it (extradition) can take a little while,” said the representative.
The Met issued a brief statement on Saturday: “we’re now working alongside the Ghanaian authorities but aren’t in a view to discuss further at this time.”