Partner of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake admits to killing her and two sons

Arthur Simpson-Kent is charged with murdering his 43-year-old girlfriend and their children

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The partner of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake has admitted killing her and their two children, his lawyer has said.

Arthur Simpson-Kent is charged with murdering his 43-year-old girlfriend and their sons Zachary, eight, and four-year-old Amon between 12 and 16 December last year.

The victims disappeared on 13 December and their bodies were found buried in the garden of the family home in Erith, Kent, on 5 January after a widespread police operation.

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

The hairdresser, 48, appeared via video link from prison before Mr Justice Singh at the Old Bailey in London.

He was to due enter pleas to the charges ahead of a provisional trial fixed for 4 October.

However, arraignment was put off and the senior judge set a new timetable for the case.

Defence lawyer Jim Sturman QC told the court that his client had admitted the killings and that he had no objection to the defendant's position being reported.

Simpson-Kent was remanded in custody until his next hearing on 29 July when he is expected to enter pleas.

Ms Blake played Frankie Pierre in 56 episodes of EastEnders between 1996 and 1997.

She was suffering from motor neurone disease before she died.