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Partner admits murdering Eastenders actress

Arthur Simpson-Kent
Arthur Simpson-Kent

The partner of EastEnders actress Sian Blake is facing life behind bars after admitting murdering her and their two children.

Hairdresser Arthur Simpson-Kent, 49, pleaded guilty to killing his 43-year-old girlfriend and their sons Zachary, eight, and four-year-old Amon between December 12 last year and January 3.

The victims vanished on December 13 and their bodies were found buried in the garden of the family home in Erith, Kent, on January 5.

The following month, Simpson-Kent was arrested at Heathrow Airport after agreeing to his extradition from Ghana.

Sian Blake

Simpson-Kent appeared before Mr Justice Singh at the Old Bailey to enter his pleas.

Wearing a red T-shirt and black trousers, he appeared via video link from Belmarsh jail.

He was remanded in custody ahead of a three-day sentencing from October 4.

Ms Blake played Frankie Pierre in 56 episodes of EastEnders between 1996 and 1997. She was suffering from motor neurone disease before she died.

Her mother and sister attended court to witness Simpson-Kent admit his crimes.

Outside, her sister Ava smiled and said the family were "really relieved".