Crime

House Help, Sentenced to 20 Years for Theft, Following Prior Murder Charge

CCTV Exposes Prison Officers aiding a Chinese Prisoner Escape

In a recent court ruling, 22-year-old John Allister, employed as a house help, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by the Kumasi Circuit Court. Allister faced two counts of theft, with the sentences set to run concurrently.

Allister had previously gained notoriety for a heinous crime: just six days after being employed as a receptionist at a hotel, he allegedly stabbed his employer to death. This recent sentencing, however, pertains to a different set of charges.

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In this case, Allister admitted guilt for stealing a sum of GHS167,000 that belonged to his employer, the owner of the hotel where he worked. The prosecution presented evidence that Allister had stolen his employer’s phone and used the mobile app on the stolen device to withdraw money from her bank account.

The prosecution argued that Allister’s actions were part of a disturbing trend among some young individuals to gain access to their victims through theft, emphasizing the necessity of a stringent sentence.

According to the prosecution’s account, Allister had initially worked as a hotel receptionist for the complainant but abruptly stopped attending work after just one month. In July 2023, he reapplied for employment, and the complainant, trusting their previous work relationship, allowed him to resume work.

However, on August 6, 2023, Allister was entrusted with the complainant’s mobile phone to assist with some settings but absconded with the phone. Subsequently, he used the stolen phone to withdraw a significant amount of money from the complainant’s bank account.

During the sentencing, the court took into consideration Allister’s age and his lack of prior criminal record. The court referred to Exodus 21:23-25 as a basis for the ruling, emphasizing that the punishment should be proportionate to the crime committed.

Despite Allister’s plea for leniency, he was handcuffed and taken into custody to serve his sentence. Additionally, he is slated to appear in court once more, alongside an accomplice named James Anokye, to face murder charges related to the previous crime.

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