Akuapem Poloo: High Court to decide on Dec 1, whether she will still serve 90-day jail term

BY: Justice Agbenorsi
Akuapem Poloo: High Court to decide on Dec 1, whether she will still serve 90-day jail term
“Mummy please, Mummy, I beg you, Mummy please” were the words of Actress Rosemond Alade Brown, aka Akuapem Poloo when the court slapped her with a 90-day imprisonment for the publication of a nude picture with her seven-year-old son. Picture shows police officers escorting her to prison

The Accra High Court will on December 1, 2021, decide whether or not Rosemond Alade Brown a.k.a. Akuapem Poloo will serve the 90-day jail term handed to her by the Accra Circuit Court in April 16 this year.

The Criminal Division of the Accra High Court, presided over by Justice Ruby Aryeetey, which is hearing an appeal brought before it by the actress fixed December 1, 2021 as the date to deliver its judgment when the case was called Monday (October 25, 2021)

The judge said all parties in the case had filed their respective arguments and, therefore will deliver its judgment on the slated date.

Jailed

On April 16, 2021, an Accra Circuit Court, presided over by Ms Christiana Cann, sentenced Akuapem Poloo to 90 days imprisonment for publishing her nude picture in which she was standing beside her son on social media.

This was after she had pleaded to the charge of publication of obscene material contrary to the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), engaging in domestic violence, namely a conduct that, in any way, undermined another person's privacy or integrity, contrary to Section 1(d) (iii) and 3(2) of the Domestic Violence Act, 2007 (Act732), and engaging in domestic violence, namely conduct that, in any way, detracted or was likely to detract from another person's dignity and worth as a human being, contrary to Act 732.

Appeal

However, the actress through her counsel, Mr Andrews Vortia, on Monday (April 19, 2021) filed an appeal at the Accra High Court [Criminal Court 2 Division] to challenge the ruling of the Circuit Court.

Akuapem Poloo premised her appeal on two grounds.

Firstly, she argued that she was a first time offender and therefore the Circuit Court should had considered her plea of guilty as a mitigating factor when imposing the sentence.

Secondly, the convicted actress argued that the trial judge should had imposed a fine on her instead of a custodial sentence.

Bail

Akuapem Poloo, also filed an application for bail pending the determination of her appeal.

The actress was admitted to bail in the sum of GH¢80,000 with three sureties.

Justice Aryeetey, who granted Poloo bail ordered her to report to the police every two weeks and also deposit her passport at the court’s registry.