Akuapem Poloo sentenced to 90 days in jail over nude photos
Actress Rosemond Alade Brown, known as Akuapem Poloo has been sentenced to 90 days for posting nude photos of herself and her seven-year-old son.
She 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.
Delivering her sentence, the Accra Circuit Court judge Christiana Cann said there was a need to give such punitive measures to deter people who are fond of posting such pictures online.
She also expressed concern about how the societal and moral values of the country have fallen, as 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 are 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 was critical to the case that the accused Akuapem Poloo failed to do.
Did she ask for the permission of the child before posting the said picture?
Did she respect the child’s right?
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 favoritism.”
She also said she considered the fact that the accused Akuapem Poloo was a first time offender and again a single parent.
Prior to the judge’s judgement, Counsel for the accused, Andrew Cudjoe Vortia made a final plea.
He mentioned that the accused was a first time offender and the guilty plea simplicita showed she did not waste the court’s time.
Also, Mr Vortia said the accused had shown remorse — “her dressing in and outside the courtroom has completely changed”.
The accused has pulled down the said post and apologised to the general public.
Mr Vortia prayed for the court to consider the fact that she was the breadwinner of the entire family.
Poloo’s counsel engages with the media
Mr Vortia expressed disappointment in the ruling and said the legal team will file an appeal on Monday, April 19.
He insisted the custodial sentence handed out 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 said.
He also questioned the lack of concern for the accused’s seven-year-old son.
“Social welfare should have been bought in. We are protecting the child. The mother is gone, so who takes care of the child? Absolutely nothing was done to that effect,” Mr Vortia said.
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 Right’s International Ghana, whereas the accused person is an actress.
On June 30, 2020, the accused person celebrated her son Mohammed Mudair’s seventh birthday and took a nude photograph together with her son and posted the same on her Instagram page, which went viral.
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, and on her caution statement to police, she admitted posting the nude picture together with her son unintentionally.
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.