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Twenty-two years old Christian Agyei, house help and suspect in the murder of Mrs Josephine Tandoh Asante, Marketing and Public Relations Manager of the Tema Port, on Thursday appeared before the Tema TDC Magistrate Court.

Agyei, whose plea was not taken on the provisional charge of murder, was remanded into police custody to assist in investigation and would reappear on January 31st.

Inspector Beatrice Ayeh, prosecuting, told the court that the complainant in the case was Mr Amos Apraku, an employee and driver of the murdered Mrs Asante.

Inspector Ayeh said the deceased was residing at block E of EMEF Estate on the Afienya road together with her husband, 12-year son and the suspect.

The facts indicated that the deceased’s husband traveled to the United Kingdom in December leaving her with the suspect and son.

The court presided over by Mrs Akosua Agyepong, heard that on January 12, this year, Mrs Asante attended a get-together organized by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) at the senior staff club house at Tema Community Six.

The Prosecution said at about 23:30 hours the complainant drove her from the party premises towards her house.

She said he however alighted at Michel Camp leaving Mrs Asante to drive home herself.

The Prosecution indicated that Agyei met his madam upon reaching home and collected a polythene bag from her and returned to his room at the boys’ quarters adding that he could however not tell the time she arrived or whether another person was in her Mercedes Benz saloon car.

She said the suspect informed investigators that at about 0330 hours, he and the deceased son heard an unusual sound on the compound and therefore conducted a search but could not find anything and therefore retired to bed.

Prosecution said however that Agyei said he saw a male figure wearing a black t-shirt and a pair of jeans trousers running through the living room and escaped from the main gate.

She said the facts were that at about 0830 hours on January 13, the suspect and the son tried opening Mrs Asante’s door but found it locked and therefore called the complainant.

The Prosecution said the complainant, according to the police, found the keys to the house at the entrance of the gate when he went there upon receiving the call and used same to open the deceased’s door and found her in a pool of blood lying supine.

Inspector Ayeh added that investigators who were assigned to the case after a complaint was lodged, collected semen found in her, finger prints and other evidence at the scene.

She said the investigators found out that the suspect had buried a polythene bag containing 430 cedis and the deceased’s wristwatch behind his room and was therefore apprehended.

Prosecution said body fluids, and figure prints of the suspect had been taken and sent for forensic test.

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