My client wants to plead guilty – Akuapem Poloo’s lawyer tells court
Ghanaian actress, Rosemond Brown, has made a U-turn in the trial relating to the posting of nude photos of herself and her seven-year-old son on social media.
On November 9, 2020, the video vixen had pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the offensive conduct.
But counsel for the actress, Andy Vortier, informed the Accra Circuit Court on Tuesday, April 7, that his client Akuapem Poloo “wants to change her plea from not guilty to guilty”.
It is unclear why the actress would tow this path barely five months after the case was called in court.
Her lawyer had earlier informed the court that her client had plans of travelling to Nigeria for movie production.
The court presided over by Christianna Cann is yet to decide on the new development.
Meanwhile, the court has fixed April 14 to commence the trial.
The state prosecution is expected to call its first witness, Bright Appiah, the Executive Director of Child Rights International.
The case investigator would also mount the box after Mr Appiah’s testimony.
Why Akuapem Poloo is in court
On June 30, 2020, 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.
At the last sitting, her lawyer Philip Kofi Bekoe pleaded with the court to admit her to bail because she is a well-known person.
He also said his client has people of substance who are willing to stand as sureties provided she is granted bail. The prosecution did not oppose the bail application.
She was granted bail in the sum of GH₵100,000 with four sureties, two to be justified.
The two sureties have been 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 Rosemond Alade Brown is an Actress.
On June 30, this year, 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 dignity of the son.
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.