Arthur Simpson-Kent, the 48-year-old man accused of murdering his EastEnders actress girlfriend and their two children, has appeared before the Kaneshie District Magistrate Court in Accra for murder.
His plea was not taken and he was remanded to reappear on a later date.
The accused is said to have murdered his wife, Sian Blake, 43, and their two sons – Zachary, 8 and Amon, 4 – on December 16, 2015 in Erith, London.
The decomposing bodies of the three were reportedly discovered buried in a shallow grave in a garden behind their apartment, 20 days after they were reported missing.
Ms Blake and her two sons with Mr Simpson-Kent were last seen on December 13 last year. He quickly dashed to Ghana and allegedly went into hiding at Busua near Takoradi in the Western Region.
Arthur was arrested on January 9 this year in a joint operation by INTERPOL and the Ghana Police with assistance from the indigenes of Busua and Butre as well as the adjoining communities at Busua, a popular tourist site in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region.
The British fugitive was said to be armed with a knife and a spoon at the time of his arrest.
He had been a wanted man since the bodies of Sian, Zachary and Amon were found buried in their own backyard.
Charged with three counts of murder, the plea of the accused person was not taken in a court presided over by Ms Rosemond D. Agyiri.
Mrs Rebecca Adjalo, a principal state attorney, urged the court to remand the accused for the investigation teams from Ghana and London to complete investigations into the case.
Justice Srem-Sai, lawyer for Arthur, said the prosecution had denied his client access to his lawyers and that for the past three days, he had been looking for where his client had been kept.
This, he said, indicated that the state was hiding its arsenal, stressing that the police, with the assistance of the Attorney General (AG), had violated the rights of the accused person.
He said Arthur ought to be freed by the court because he was not aware of any warrant issued for his arrest.
The trial judge, however, remanded the accused in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) until January 26, 2015.
Arthur Simpson-Kent was reportedly escaping from the United Kingdom and as a result, travelled to Glasgow in Scotland from where he flew to Ghana via Amsterdam on December 19, 2015.
Police enquiries at the Kotoka International Airport confirmed that the accused arrived in Ghana on December 19, 2015 but he entered on his disembarkation form December 7, 2015 as the date on which he arrived in the country.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson