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EastEnders actress Sian Blake murder: Arthur Simpson-Kent will face trial in October

PUBLISHED: 11:03 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:03 16 February 2016

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Sian Blake

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The 48-year-old appeared at the Old Bailey via video link today (Tuesday)a

The former partner of murdered ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake will face a trial in October, after he appeared in court today (Tuesday).

Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, was detained by Metropolitan Police officers at Heathrow Airport after arriving on a flight from Ghana last week.

Mr Simpson-Kent was then charged in connection with the muder of Ms Blake and their two sons, Zachary, eight and four-year-old Amon.

He appeared in court today and made no application for bail.

A date has been set for the provisional trial on October 4, following a plea and case management set for May 3.

Ms Blake and her sons vanished on December 13 and were found buried in the garden of their family home in Erith on January 5.

Scotland Yard is under investigation by the police watchdog for the way it handled the missing persons inquiry and why it took more than three weeks to find the bodies of Ms Blake and her sons.

The back garden of the house was only thoroughly searched in early January after murder squad detectives were called in.

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

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