Court to determine fate of Akuapem Poloo’s tomorrow
The fate of actress Rosemond Alade Brown, also known as Akuapem Poloo, who is standing trial for posting her naked picture together with her son on social media hangs in the balance after she was convicted by the Accra Circuit Court yesterday.
The court deferred sentencing to Friday pending the outcome of a pregnancy test, a requirement under the law that provides that this procedure be followed before a mother standing trial is sentenced.
Ms Brown shed tears moments before she was convicted for the offences of publication of obscene material and domestic violence.
The punishment for such offences ranges between months to 3 years imprisonment or a fine of 500 penalty units equivalent to GH,5000.
So, a judge could pass a custodial sentence, convict to a fine or both.
Rosemond, who appeared in a remorseful state wearing a long black dress, a black veil, a black nose mask over a pair of black slippers would spend the next 48 hours in police custody.
Ms Brown, first pleaded not guilty to the charges but later changed her plea to guilty based on which the judge, Christina Cann convicted her.
She was represented by Mr Andrew Vortia who on Thursday, April 8 asked the court for a long adjournment to enable his client travel to Nigeria where she had signed a contract for a movie production.
A soft copy of the contract was shown to the judge on Ms Brown’s mobile phone.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Agartha Asantewaa, told the court that the complainant is Mr Bright K. Appiah, the Director of Child Rights International Ghana.
She said on June 30, 2020, Ms Brown celebrated her son’s seventh birthday and took her nude pictures together with her son, who was also half-naked and posted same on her Instagram page, which had since gone viral on social media.
The policewoman said the conduct of Ms Brown had undermined the dignity of her seven-year-old son.
The prosecution said the complainant petitioned the Director-General CID and the matter was referred to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU).
The court heard that when Ms Brown was arrested, she admitted the posting the nude picture she took with her son on social media but explained that she did so inadvertently.
But Chief Inspector Asantewaa insisted that the convict deliberately posted the nude picture on social media.
A write-up accompanying the picture read: “I am naked in front of you because this is how naked I was 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.”
Until her conviction, Ms Brown was on a GH¢100,000 bail.
Meanwhile, Mr Appiah has told journalists that the ultimate goal was to protect the rights of children.
He thanked the court for expediting proceedings in the matter.