Suspect in British actress' death to return to U.K. from Ghana voluntarily
Sian Blake was last seen Dec. 13, 2015. (Metropolitan Police Service handout photo)
Francis Kokutse, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, January 26, 2016 11:00AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 26, 2016 11:48AM EST
ACCRA, Ghana -- A suspect in the slayings of a British actress and her two young sons has told a Ghana court he will return to the U.K. voluntarily, the court and his lawyer said Tuesday.
On the first day of an extradition hearing Tuesday, the head of Arthur Simpson-Kent's legal team, Justice Srem-Sai, said that his client has decided to return voluntarily and waived his right to challenge the proceedings. Simpson-Kent will remain in custody until a departure date is set, the lawyer said.
When Ghana High Court Judge Merley Wood asked if he had voluntarily made the decision, Simpson-Kent replied "yes," adding that he had not been coerced into the decision. He first appeared in court on Jan. 12.
State attorney Rebecca Adzalo had earlier informed the court they had received a 200-page extradition order against Simpson-Kent from the British High Commission through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ghana police arrested the 48-year-old on Jan. 9 in the western coastal town of Butre.
He fled to Ghana after speaking to detectives in Britain on Dec. 16 following the killings of his partner, former "EastEnders" actress Sian Blake, and her sons 8-year-old Zachary and 4-year-old Amon.
Blake, 43, appeared in the long-running East-Ender's soap opera in 1996-1997.