The 22-year-old helper who murdered his boss in Sokoban-Apaaso in yet another crime has been given a 20-year prison term by the Asokwa Circuit Court.
John Allister was sentenced to 20 years in prison on each of the two counts of theft, although the terms of his sentence will run consecutively.
The defendant admitted to stealing GHC 167,000 and an Infinix phone from the manager of a hotel where he was employed as a receptionist.
Six days after starting work for Stella Osei, popularly known as Princess Afua Ahenkan, who was just 35-years old, John Allister made headlines last month for reportedly stabbing the innocent woman to death and fled with bags of rice, cooking oil, and other valuables he could lay hands on, he later sold the deceased boss’s KIA Sportage car with the help of some accomplices.
He purchased a Toyota Vitz with the licence plate GS 3107-23 with some of the money he gained from selling his madam’s car.
In contrast, Allister is charged with two counts of stealing in violation of Section 124(1) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960, Act 29/60, in the most recent case.
He is said to have fled with his employer’s phone and used the phone’s mobile app to withdraw money from her bank account.
The prosecution, led by ASP Stephen Ofori, asked the court to punish the defendant after earlier stating that the accused’s methods had become a common practise among some adolescents.
The accused was hired as a hotel receptionist at Bantama in 2022, according to the police prosecution, however, after a month of working with the hotel’s owner, the complainant said the accused person unexpectedly ceased reporting to work.
Allister visited the complainant once more in July 2023 in order to look for work.
Due to their prior professional relationship, the complainant gave him permission to begin working right away.
Allister helped the complainant with some settings on her Infinix Note 8 mobile phone on August 6, 2023.
However, it is said that Allister later fled with the phone and managed to use a mobile app to withdraw GH167,660 (1.6 billion old cedis) from the complainant’s Absa Bank account.
The culprit was taken into custody from his hiding place in Accra after the complainant called the police to report the incident for an inquiry.
Allister acknowledged committing the crime and explained to police investigators how he used part of the money to rent and furnish a flat.
He made a second appearance before the Circuit Court within a week after initially entering a guilty plea. She based her decision on Exodus 21: 23–25, stating that the penalty should be proportionate to the offence committed.
Mr. Allister quickly moved into the box and bowed down, confessing his guilt but pleading with the judge to be forgiving.
Unluckily, he was handcuffed and hauled away by police officers who were well-armed to start a new life in prison.
Vida Yeboah claimed that in making her decision, she had taken the convict’s age into account. On October 17, 2023, Allister is expected to appear before the Asokore Mampong District Court once more to face murder accusations alongside a co-defendant, driver James Anokye, age 27.