Akuapem Poloo ‘fights’ 90-day-sentence again

Source The Ghana Report

The legal team for convicted socialite Akuapem Poloo has filed a notice of appeal against their client’s 90-day jail sentence.

This makes it the second time the social media diva is heading back to court after an Accra Circuit Court, on 16 April 2021, sentenced her to 90 days for posting nude photos of herself and her seven-year-old son.

Akuapem Poloo, also known as Rosemond Brown, was given 90 days for all three charges — publication of obscene materials, engaging in domestic violence, a conduct that in any way undermines another person’s privacy or integrity, and engaging in domestic violence namely conduct that in any way detracts or is likely to detract from another person’s dignity and worth as a human being.

All three sentences are to run concurrently.

After the Circuit Court’s ruling, the team led by Andrews Cudjoe Vortia filed a notice of appeal and an application for the stay of the sentence while the appeal case was being determined.

They asked for a more lenient punishment.

Mr Vortia insisted the custodial sentence handed out to his client for posting a nude photo of herself and her seven-year-old son was harsh.

“The mitigating factors in her favour are greater than the aggravating factors. When you consider this offence, it is not rape; it is not murder. It is a misdemeanour in which she could have been dealt with lightly,” he spoke to the media after the judge’s ruling in April.

It appears the ‘simple’ request for a more lenient punishment did not touch the heart of the new judge Ruby Aryeetey, who dismissed the appeal.

Madam Aryeetey upheld the Circuit Court’s ruling because the decision “was not manifestly excessive or harsh”.

“This court will not interfere, and the appeal is therefore dismissed,” Justice Aryeetey said.

With no end in sight, the team intends to seek justice at a higher court – the Court of Appeal.

Counsel for the actress has filed a notice of appeal to challenge the High Court’s decision and notice for bail.

“Please take note that the convict, being aggrieved by the judgment of the High Court Criminal Division dated 1 December 2021, hereby appeals to the Court of Appeal on the grounds set out below and for the release stated hereunder.

“That the learned judge erred in failing to appreciate that as a young first offender and a single parent, a non-custodial sentence of a fine instead of a custodial sentence of 90 days imposed on the appellant by the trial court is appropriate in this case.

“That the custodial sentence of 90 days imposed on the appellant be set aside and in lieu, be substituted with a non-custodial sentence or a fine,” the notice said.

The notice for bail application would be moved on 15 December 2021.

The convict is currently serving the remainder of her jail term.

An earlier decision by the Circuit Court judge

On 16 April 2021, an Accra Circuit Court judge Christiana Cann sentenced Poloo to 90 days for posting nude photos of herself and her seven-year-old son.

Delivering her sentence, the judge said there was a need to give such punitive measures to deter people fond of posting such pictures online.

She also expressed concern about how the societal and moral values of the country had fallen as a result of such practice.

“The action of the accused did not only infringe on the rights of the child. It morally corrupted those who saw the post. It also caused the pride and dignity of the country as a whole.

“This court is saddened by the current development of the citizenry posting their nude pictures on the internet and wonder what has become of our values as a country.

“Our morality has degenerated to such bestial levels that the accused person could do what she did. The law will take its full course in this matter today so that others who harbour such traits would be deterred.

“There is no doubt that apart from the canker of rape, defilement, physical assault, the publication of obscene materials is on the increase.

“There is, therefore, the need to uphold our societal values and deal with this canker. The best interest of the child shall be the primary concern of the court,” the judge read.

She then asked two questions she said were critical to the case that the accused Akuapem Poloo failed to do.

Did she ask for the child’s permission before posting the said picture?

Did she respect the child’s rights?

The answer to these two questions was a resounding “No”.

Judge Cann supported her ruling with a scripture, Colossians 3:25, which states, “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favouritism.”

She also said she considered the fact that the accused Akuapem Poloo was a first-time offender and again a single parent.

READ ALSO : Mummy! Oh Mummy I beg, Akuapem Poloo in tears as court sentences her

Why Akuapem Poloo was dragged to court

The actress posted a picture of herself and her son on his seventh birthday. Rosemond was captured naked, kneeling before the toddler, who was only seen in underpants.

While many criticized the actress over the photo, others jumped to her defence.

The actress later rendered an apology.

Initially, she was granted bail in the sum of GH₵100,000 with four sureties, two to be justified.

The two sureties were ordered to provide proof of ownership of any landed property worth the bail sum.


The facts of the case are that the complainant Bright Appiah is the Director of Child Rights International Ghana, whereas the accused person is an actress.

On 30 June 2020, the accused person celebrated her son Mohammed Mudair’s seventh birthday, took a nude photograph with her son, and posted the same on her Instagram page, which went viral.

Akuapem Poloo
Akuapem Poloo and son.


The prosecution said the accused’s conduct or behaviour undermines privacy or is likely to detract the son’s dignity.

The complainant then petitioned CID Director-General, and the matter was referred to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU).

The accused was arrested.

On her caution statement to police, she admitted to unintentionally posting the nude picture with her son.

But the text on her post read, “I’m naked in front of you because this is how naked I was when 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.”

This, according to the prosecution, indicated that she deliberately posted nude pictures together with her son.

Similar Incidents

In April 2014, a 24-year-old labourer was sentenced to two months imprisonment by the Circuit Court in Accra for posting his ex-girlfriend’s nude pictures on Facebook, a social media platform.

David Dickson Donkoh embarked on the act after his ex-girlfriend had terminated their one-year-old relationship.

According to the complainant, Donkoh had slept with her close friend, hence her decision to end the relationship.

In his bid to show his powers, Donkoh posted the complainant’s nude pictures on Facebook after he had asked her to rescind her decision but to no avail.

He was charged with causing emotional, verbal, and psychological abuse to the victim.

He pleaded guilty, and the court presided over by Sedina Agbemeva, convicted him on his own plea.

Handing down the sentence, the judge noted that the act was a gross violation of the victim’s right to privacy, while it further undermined her dignity.

In July 2019, the Odumase Krobo Circuit Court in the Eastern region presided over by F.Y. Gbeddy jailed a 29-year-old man, Prince Teye, for three years for circulating a nude photograph of his ex-girlfriend on social media.

The convict was charged for “unlawfully” and “intentionally” publishing obscene pictures.

In May 2020, a 24-year-old man was sentenced after nude videos of his girlfriend went viral.

Francis Aggrey, a student of Assin Fosu College of Education, was found guilty of two criminal charges – conspiracy and extortion.

He pleaded guilty to both charges and was convicted on his own plea at the Accra Circuit Court presided over by Emmanuel Marvin Essandoh.

The accused person was sentenced to three years with hard labour by the court on the charge of extortion.

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