Suspect in Tema port PR manager’s murder remanded
The Tema TDC Magistrate Court has remanded into prison custody the houseboy of the murdered Marketing and Public Relations Manager of the Tema Port, Mrs Josephine Asante.
The remand follows a request by the prosecution to enable it to carry out further investigations, including the examination of the suspect’s body fluids and analysis of prints at the police forensic laboratory.
The accused person, Christian Agyei, 22, is facing committal proceedings for the murder of his boss.
No pleas were taken from Agyei, who has been provisionally charged with murder.
The court, presided over by Mrs Akosua A. Adjepong, adjourned hearing to January 31, 2019.
Presenting the facts of the case, the prosecutor, Inspector Beatrice Ayeh, told the court that the complainant in the case was Mr Amos Apraku, an employee and driver of the murdered Mrs Asante.
She said the deceased was residing at Block E of EMEFS Estate on the Afienya-Akosombo road together with her husband, their 12-year-old son and the suspect.
She said the deceased’s husband travelled to the United Kingdom in December 2018, leaving her with the suspect and their son.
According to the prosecution, on January 12, this year, Mrs Asante attended a get-together organised by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) at the senior staff club house at Tema Community six.
She said at about 11:30 p.m., the complainant drove her from the party grounds towards her home.
However, at Michel Camp, she said the driver was said to have alighted and handed over the car, a Mercedes Benz saloon, to Mrs Asante to continue the journey home at EMEFS Estates by herself.
According to the prosecutor, the accused person met Mrs Asante when she arrived home and collected a plastic bag from her and returned to his room at the boys’ quarters, but he could not tell the time of her arrival or whether there was another person with her in the car.
The prosecutor said the accused person informed investigators that at about 3:30 a.m. last Sunday, he and the deceased’s son heard some unusual sound in the compound and went to check but did not find anything and therefore went back to bed.
Inspector Ayeh said the suspect, however, claimed he saw a male figure on the night wearing a black T-shirt and jeans running through the living room and escaping through the main gate.
She said the following morning at about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 13, 2019, the suspect and the deceased’s son tried opening Mrs Asante’s bedroom door but found it locked and so they called the complainant.
The complainant, according to the police, found the keys to Mrs Asante’s room at the entrance of the gate when he arrived in the house and used same to open the deceased’s door and found her in a pool of blood.
The prosecutor said investigators who were assigned to the case after the complaint had been lodged, collected semen found in her vagina, finger prints and other traces of evidence at the scene.
According to the police investigators, during their checks, the suspect was spotted burying a polythene bag which upon examination contained GH¢430 and the deceased’s wristwatch behind his room and subsequently apprehended him.