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Kumasi murder suspect admits to theft of GH¢167,000 in different incident

The houseboy, John Allister, accused of murdering his employer in Apaaso near Sokoban in the Ashanti region, has pleaded guilty to stealing over GH¢167,000 from a hotel owner in a separate case.

Last month, Allister allegedly stabbed his employer, 35-year-old Stella Osei, to death after working for her for only six days.

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Along with accomplices, he allegedly sold his employer’s KIA Sportage vehicle and stole bags of rice, cooking oil, and other items from her home.

He also reportedly used some of the proceeds from the car’s sale to buy a Toyota Vitz.

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In the recent case, Allister pleaded guilty but with an explanation to two counts of theft.

He is accused of bolting with the hotel owner’s phone and withdrawing cash from her bank account using the mobile app on the phone.

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According to the prosecution led by ASP Stephen Ofori, Allister had worked as a hotel receptionist in 2022 but abruptly stopped going to work after a month.

In July 2023, he returned to seek employment from the same complainant, who allowed him to start work again due to their previous working relationship.

On August 6, 2023, the complainant gave Allister her Infinix Note 8 mobile phone to assist with some settings, but he allegedly ran away with the phone. He also reportedly withdrew GH¢167,660 from the complainant’s ABSA Bank account using the mobile app on the stolen phone.

The complainant reported the matter to the police, leading to Allister’s arrest in Accra.

He admitted to the offense and explained how he spent the stolen money, including renting and furnishing an apartment.

John Allister is expected to appear before the Asokore Mampong District Court on Tuesday, October 3, 2023.

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