John Allister, the domestic help accused of murdering his employer in Sokoban-Apaaso in the Ashanti Region, has openly accepted responsibility for the crime.
Making his first appearance before the Asokore Mampong District Court on Monday (18 September), Allister, 22, along with his accomplice, James Anokye, faced charges related to the murder of 35-year-old Stella Osei, also known as Princess Afua Ahenkan.
While the accused persons’ pleas were not officially recorded, Allister – the prime suspect – broke his silence by raising his hand, signaling that he had something to confess.
“My friend here has nothing to do with the crime,” he said in open court. “I plead with the court to free him.”
Allister confessed to misleading his accomplice, Anokye, under the pretext of helping him transport family belongings to Accra. Despite the court’s reminder that his plea was not yet being formally taken, Allister persisted and appealed for leniency in open court.
Both Allister and Anokye are facing charges of murder.
This revelation comes amid an ongoing police hunt for three additional accomplices, after the arrest of Allister and Anokye at their hideout in Accra.
According to the prosecution, Allister invited drivers Anokye and Biggie to the residence of his employer in Apaaso. The trio then drove away in the deceased’s KIA Sportage vehicle, bearing registration number GS 307-21, which they later sold to a third accomplice, John Obu.
During proceedings, the police prosecution requested that the court remand the accused individuals into police custody to facilitate further investigations.
Additionally, they sought the court’s approval to release the KIA Sportage vehicle to the deceased’s husband and to impound a Toyota Vitz vehicle that the primary accused had purchased from the proceeds of the KIA vehicle’s sale.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service said it expects a speedy process in the interest of justice.
“This is a case of murder… Even though they admit to committing the crime due process must be followed”, said lead prosecutor ASP Stephen Ofori. “The family should be rest assured that whoever is involved [in this case] would be brought to book.”