The ex-wife of murder suspect Arthur Simpson-Kent has told how he turned from a ‘kind, quiet gentleman’ into a depressed, jealous thug who beat her and their baby daughter.
Dominique Deblieux, 42, said her ex-husband – who is suspected of murdering EastEnders actress Sian Blake and their two young sons – also took steroids and was a member of a black supremacist cult.
She told the Mail how the couple divorced in 2008 after she grew tired of supporting him financially.
But he left her and their daughter Isis, now 18, destitute after racking up £40,000 of debt in her name.
Speaking from her home in southern France yesterday, Miss Deblieux said she was ‘horrified’ to learn what her former husband, 48, is suspected of.
But she said it was her daughter who had been most affected, saying she was ‘traumatised’ to hear her father is a suspected triple killer.
According to Miss Deblieux, Mr Simpson-Kent has fathered eight children by six women, including Miss Blake – whose body and those of her sons Zachary, eight, and Amon, four, were found buried in the family’s garden in Erith, south east London, on Tuesday.
The hairdresser is now believed to be on the run in Ghana.
‘My daughter is heartbroken,’ said Miss Deblieux. ‘She was already so upset that he rejected her all her life and now this is like stab through the heart.’
But despite revealing her ex-husband’s violent past, she said she could not believe he was a killer, saying: ‘When I heard the news, I was completely shocked – I thought “have I been living with a child murderer?”’
‘Beating, yes, but killing, cold blooded murder, and killing children, I can’t believe it.’
Discussing his current whereabouts, she said: ‘I think he will be in Ghana. Even with me, he always wanted to go back to Ghana. But I think he may kill himself before they find him. I hope he does.’
Ex-wife: Dominique Deblieux and murder suspect Arthur Simpson-Kent on their wedding day in 1999
Miss Deblieux first met Mr Simpson-Kent in 1995 when she moved from her native France to Kentish Town, north London, to work as a belly dancer.
He was also living in London after moving with his mother, Selina, from Ghana when he was eight. Selina, who has seven other children, met his British father Donald while he was working in the diamond trade in Ghana.
The couple started dating and Mr Simpson-Kent, who Miss Deblieux described as ‘a gentleman’, moved into her flat.
But she said he soon started acting suspiciously. ‘He was going out all the time with some strange men,’ she said. ‘He said to me that he was in trouble and that he had to sell some cocaine or crack … otherwise he was going to be killed.
‘He was involved in bad things. He was bringing it home, I saw all the drugs and the things. It was a nightmare.’
Miss Deblieux fell pregnant in 1997, and after a period living apart the pair married in 1999, pictured, later moving to France.
Once there Mr Simpson-Kent began working as a bouncer in Monaco. But during this time Miss Deblieux said he became involved in a ‘strange cult’, the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors. The group, which was founded in the 1970s, was once listed by the FBI as a potential terrorist threat.
Miss Deblieux said: ‘It was a religious thing. They said… black people were the first people and white people were a disease… He was obsessed with this nonsense.
She said her husband – who had become depressed and spoken about suicide – then became interested in becoming a self-defence instructor, but became obsessed with his body image and started taking steroids.
‘He started to get violent towards me, he would pick arguments for no reason,’ she said. ‘Especially with Isis he was very strict… For example if she didn’t finish her spinach he would beat her.
‘I don’t know if he was still doing drugs at this time. But there was a strange change and I found some pills and he was obsessed with getting muscular and he was taking steroids, injections … There were arguments all the time.’
She said he would also beat their pet cats ‘so hard’ they were scared to come into their home. Police were called at least three times when he became violent.
Eventually Miss Deblieux said she gave him 500 Euros to leave her and her daughter and they divorced in 2008. She later found out he had taken out loans in her name, which she has only recently cleared.
Miss Deblieux said she has had little contact with him since, although Isis would occasionally speak to him and did visit him in London.
However she added he would often lie about his address to stop them asking him for money.