New information has come to light regarding the tragic murder of an employer by her house help in Sokoban-Apaaso near Kumasi.
According to court records, John Allister secured employment as a house help just a day after applying through an Accra-based employment agency.
Shockingly, he is said to have committed the murder only six days into his new job.
Allister submitted his job application on September 4, 2023, and began working the following day, where he was assigned to the woman.
On September 11, 2023, around 11 am, shortly after the deceased had prepared and enjoyed a meal of fufu with the accused, she was brutally attacked. She was stabbed in the stomach and struck multiple times on the head and face with a club.
The accused allegedly took advantage of the absence of the deceased’s 11-year-old daughter, who was at school during the incident.
After committing the heinous act, Allister reportedly contacted two other individuals, James Anokye and one Collins, identified as the second and third accused persons.
They then fled the scene with a KIA Sportage vehicle (registration GS 307-21), a Samsung mobile phone, rice, cooking oil, and other valuable items.
The group escaped to Accra, where they made contact with a fourth accomplice named Biggy, who is currently at large. Biggy allegedly facilitated the sale of the stolen KIA Sportage vehicle to Christian Obu, a fifth accomplice who is also at large.
Allister used some of the proceeds from the sale of the stolen vehicle to purchase a Toyota Vitz car with registration number GS 3107-23.
While efforts were made to pursue the third, fourth, and fifth accomplices, the second accused, James Anokye, abandoned the KIA Sportage vehicle at Oyibi Police Station and fled.
Following a report to the police, a Crime Scene Management team discovered the body of the victim, Stella Osei, also known as Princess Afua Ahenkan, in the garage of her Apaaso home. A blood-stained club believed to have been used in the murder was also found at the crime scene on September 12, 2023.
An intelligence-led police operation led to the arrest of the first and second accused persons in their hideouts in Accra on September 14, 2023. Both individuals were subsequently escorted to Kumasi to face trial.
Prosecution, led by ASP Stephen Ofori, requested that the court release the KIA Sportage vehicle to the deceased’s husband, while a Toyota Vitz vehicle acquired with the proceeds from the crime is to be impounded by the police.
During his initial court appearance alongside accomplice James Anokye, 27, Allister John, 22, expressed acknowledgment of his involvement in the tragic murder of 35-year-old Stella Osei, known as Princess Afua Ahenkan.
Although the accused persons’ pleas were not formally recorded, the main suspect boldly signified his desire to address the court. He took responsibility for the crime and appealed for leniency before the Asokore Mampong District Court.
In an unexpected turn, he pleaded for the exoneration of the second accused, James Anokye, asserting that Anokye was not involved in the criminal act.
However, ASP Stephen Ofori, leading the prosecution, emphasized the necessity of adhering to due legal procedures in this murder case.
“This is a case of murder and the due process must be followed. Even though he has told the court that he admits whatever happened, the due process must be followed,” ASP Ofori stated to the media.
The deceased’s father-in-law, Yaw Yeboah, who was present during the court proceedings, expressed deep sorrow upon learning that five individuals were implicated in the murder.
He revealed the profound distress experienced by the deceased’s husband, based in the United Kingdom, who has been devastated by the brutal loss of his wife.