Artist impression lands Akuapem Poloo 90 days imprison: Lawyers file review on judgment
Controversial actress, Rosemond Alade Brown known in showbiz circles as Akuapem Poloo was on Friday slapped with a 90-day imprisonment for the publication of a nude picture with her seven-year-old son.
The pictures which circulated on social media in June 2020 was to celebrate the birthday of her son.
She was sentenced 90 days each to all three counts of publication of obscene materials, engaging in domestic violence namely a conduct that in any way undermined another person’s privacy or integrity, and engaging in domestic violence namely conduct that in any way detracted or was likely to detract from another person’s dignity and worth as a human being.
The jail term are to run concurrently which means that she will serve for 90 days.
In sentencing Poloo, the Accra Circuit court, presided over by Ms Christiana Cann, took into consideration the aggravating facts, intrinsic seriousness of the offence, gravity, prevalence and premeditation with which she committed the offence levelled against her.
The judge, however, expressed concern about the sudden increase in the abuse of children in the country.
The court also took into consideration the mitigating factors which included pleading guilty simplicita, being a single parent and the convict’s show of remorse.
“The court is bothered with posting nude photos on social media. 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,” Ms Cann stated.
She further asked, “Did she ask for the permission of the child before posting the said picture? Did she respect the child’s right? No she did not.”
The judge further noted that Poloo had a basic responsibility for the development of her son but rather infringed on her son’s best interest, right to privacy and dignity.
Ms Cann added that sentencing Poloo should not only be punitive but should serve as a deterrent to society.
“A harsh sentence will serve as a deterrent,” she said.
Meanwhile speaking to the media after the court sitting, Counsel for Poloo, Mr Andy Vortia hinted on plans to file for a review.
He revealed that he had written to the court for the full judgment and a review would be filed on Monday April 19.
Akuapem Poloo was said to have broken the norms of motherhood after she stood completely naked before her seven years old son as a way of celebrating his birthday.
According to Rosemond, she wanted to leave artist impression as she gave birth to her son with no clothes on.
In an Instagram post she said the pangs of birth she suffered made her love him since out of her nakedness she gave birth to him and would like her son to cloth him when he sees her naked some day.
“Son today reminds me of the very day I gave birth to you with no stress and with no regret…..30th June 2013 exactly 4:46am Sunday Haha I still remember this date paa because it’s really meant a lot to me, I only felt the 30 minutes pain when you were turning to come out you were soo good to me. I gave birth with no complication, no cut no disability Haha I love you son.
You see how you looking at me always remember that I love you I’m naked in front of you because this is how naked I was giving birth to you, so in case you find me naked lying somewhere don’t pass by me but rather see me as your mom who brought you to life,” She added.