I will appeal the harsh sentence on Akuapem Poloo – Lawyer

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Jailed actress and socialite Rosemond Brown’s lawyer, Andrew Vortia has said he will appeal 90-day jail term handed his client.

The actress, popularly known as Akuapem Poloo, was handed 90 days each for three offenses of publication of obscene material and two counts of domestic violence, but she is to serve the terms concurrently.

This was in respect of a nude photo of herself and her seven-year-old son she posted on social media in June last year to mark the boy’s birthday.

Akuapem Poloo was convicted and sentenced on her own guilty plea.

Since the sentence earlier today, there has been considerable public debate, with some saying she should have let go with a caution or fine, instead of a custodial sentence, while others say her incarceration will serve as a deterrent to the many people who abuse social media.

Speaking to journalists after the sentencing on Friday, April 16, 2021, Andrew Vortia said appealing the ruling “is an option for us…for me, I want to go for an appeal.”

He said he is waiting for the full judgment before proceeding with the next line of action.

“I have requested for the judgment. If I get it by the close of the day, by 9 am on Monday [April 19] I will file an appeal,” he told journalist.

Andrew Vortia had earlier made a mitigation plea for lenient punishment for his client, who could have gotten a maximum of 3 years in jail.

He still maintained that the custodial sentence was “harsh”.

“The mitigating factors in her favor 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.

The lawyer also questioned the lack of concern for Rosemond Brown’s seven-year-old son.

“Social welfare should have been brought 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 lamented.

The judge, Mrs. Justice Christina Cann, bemoaned the spate of nudity in the Ghanaian social media space, saying that law enforcement needs to do something about it.

She said the punishment meted out to Akuapem Poloo should serve as a deterrent to others.

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