Akuapem Poloo faces three-year jail term

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Akuapem Poloo

Ghanaian actress Rosemond Alade Brown, popularly known as Akuapem Poloo, faces a maximum of three years in jail for going nude on social media with her son.

An Accra Circuit Court on Wednesday convicted her and ordered for a pregnancy test for her before her sentencing on Friday 16 April 2021..

The court said in the law, before handing down a sentence on a female accused person who had not reached menopausal age, a pregnancy test ought to be conducted.

She has, therefore, been remanded into police custody for her to be sent to any government hospital for the test.

She is expected to reappear on Friday, 16 April 2021, for sentencing.

Akuapem Poloo is being held over charges of publication of obscene materials and two counts of engaging in domestic violence.

She pleaded guilty to all three charges and was convicted on her own plea by the court presided over by Christina Cann.

The defence counsel, Andy Vortia, who seemed surprised by the court’s order, said the order implied that his client was going to be convicted.

When the case was called Vortia informed the court, presided by Christina Cann, that Poloo would like to change her plea.

The facts as narrated by the prosecution, led by Chief Inspector Agartha Asantewaa, were that the complainant, Bright K. Appiah, director of Child Rights International Ghana, had petitioned the director-general of CID about a nude photo posted on Instagram by Akwapem Poloo that had gone viral.

On June 30 this year, the prosecution said Rosemond celebrated her son’s seventh birthday and she took her nude pictures together with her son who was also half-naked and posted same on her Instagram page which went viral on social media.

The pictures attracted comments, adding that the behaviour of the accused person was likely to detract from the dignity of her seven-year-old son among others.

The prosecution said the complainant petitioned the director-general CID and the matter was referred to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU).

Rosemond, the prosecution said, was arrested and in her caution statement, admitted posting the nude picture with her son unintentionally.

A write up accompanying the picture read: “I am naked in front of you because this is how naked I was giving birth to you, so in case you find me lying somewhere don’t pass by but see me as your mom who brought you to life.”

The prosecution held that Rosemond deliberately posted the nude picture together with her son.

 

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