Actress and socialite Rosemond Brown, aka Akuapem Poloo has been sentenced to 90 days in jail by an Accra Circuit Court for publication of obscene material and two counts of domestic violence.
This is in respect of a nude picture of herself and her seven-year-old son she posted on social media back in June last year.
Akuapem Poloo pleaded guilty to the charges and was convicted on her own plea last Wednesday.
She had earlier pleaded not guilty, claiming the publication was “unintentional”, even though she added a caption purporting to educate her son to embrace poor and destitute people.
The court, presided over by Her Honor Mrs. Justice Christiana Cann, deferred her sentencing till today to allow her take a pregnancy test as required by law for adult females facing custodial sentence.
The pregnancy test came out negative, hence the sentence to 90 days for each of the three counts.
But the judge said the sentence must run concurrently. So in effect, she will be in jail for only 90 days.
The judge noted that the sentence was meant to deter other, saying hat such cases are becoming prevalent in society, and law enforcement institutions, including the court, must act.
The court said it took into consideration all the plea for mitigation before arriving at the decision.
Some popular Ghanaian artistes, including Sarkodie, Lydia Forson and DKB mounted a campaign with the hashtag #FreeAkuapemPoloo, pleading for her not be jailed because of her son.
Akuapem Poloo reportedly broke down in tears when the sentence was announced.
She was whisked away by police to go start her sentence at the Nsawam Prisons.
Akuapem Poloo’s woes started when the Executive Director of Child Rights International, Bright Appiah petitioned the Police CID over the nude picture she posted on her Instagram page back in June 2020.
The matter was referred to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) and she has since been in the hands of the law until today when she was sentenced to jail.