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Condition left Eastenders star 'too weak' to fight killer

TRAGIC: Sian Blake

TRAGIC EASTENDERS star Sian Blake who was stabbed to death with her two young sons by her partner, had been planning to leave him, a court heard.

The bodies of Ms Blake, 43, and the couple's two children Zachary, eight, and Amon, four were found in the garden of their home in Erith, southeast London, on January 5, three weeks after they were reported missing on December 16.

Arthur Simpson-Kent, the children's father, fled to Ghana on December 19, with the country's police force becoming involved in the hunt for him on January 7.

He was arrested in Busua, a southwest coastal resort, two days later.

The actress and her two young sons died of head and neck injuries, while "significant attempts" had been made to hide the bodies, according to the police.

The Old Bailey was told that Ms Blake, who had recently been diagnosed with terminal motor neurone disease, would not have been able to fight off an attacker as the condition had weakened her arms.

The court also heard that this condition, along with their “unhealthy” relationship, led her to consider selling their home and moving back in with her close family.

KILLED: Sian Blake's son Zachary, eight, and Amon, four

Mark Heywood QC, prosecuting, said Ms Blake was planning to return to live with her family ‘because of her condition and because of the state of their relationship’, the Mail Online reports.

Ms Blake last saw her family face to face on Sunday December 13, when she went to her mother Lindell Blake's home in Leyton, East London, the court heard.

Mr Heywood said she asked her mother if the four of them, including Simpson Kent, could move in to the property.

When Mrs Blake said Simpson Kent could not, her daughter “appeared to accept it”, the lawyer said.

Speaking of the murder, Mr Heywood said: “The evidence suggests, and this much is not disputed, that, on the night of December 14 2015, the defendant killed each of them in turn with heavy, deliberate, repeated blows with a blunt instrument not since recovered, and then by cutting and stabbing them with a bladed weapon in a way that ensured their deaths.”

According to Ava Blake, sister of the murdered soap star, Sian had discussed leaving Simpson-Kent before she disappeared.

Speaking after Simpson-Kent was arrested in Ghana, Ava described him as “controlling” and said he was a triple killer, and should be “brought back to justice”.

Speaking at Scotland Yard's headquarters at the time, she said: “Unfortunately I believe Arthur was responsible.”

IN COURT: Arthur Simpson Blake

In the days following her death, family tried to contact her and received texts from her mobile phone saying she had gone away, the court was told.

A message sent to her sister Ava read: “I'm taking time to myself and my children without constant opinions from family and friends.”

It added: “I have had enough of appeasing everyone. We are away and I will not be calling or speaking to anyone for a few months.”

Mr Heywood said: “The defendant, using her (Ms Blake's) phone, was sending the messages."

He added: "It indicates a deliberate attempt to mislead by the defendant.”

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