Akuapem Poloo convicted after pleading guilty
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Since pleaded guilty in court today, actress Rosemond Brown, also known as Akuapem Poloo, was found guilty by an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Her Honour Mrs. Christiana Cann.
She has been remanded in detention pending the results of a paternity test.
Akuapem Poloo was charged with publishing nude photos of herself and her seven-year-old son.
When she was first arraigned, she pled not guilty, but on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, she changed her plea to guilty.
The arrested person pled guilty to all three counts in court today, and the court presided over by Her Honour Christina Cann found her guilty on her own plea.
Murtala Inusah of the EIB Network informs that the court has postponed her sentence until Friday, April 16, 2021, to allow her to take a pregnancy test, as required by statute for a woman who has pleaded guilty in court.
She said yes to the court when asked if she really stood by her change of plea before being remanded.
The outspoken actress is accused of publishing obscene materials, engaging in domestic violence, conduct that infringes on another person’s privacy or integrity, and engaging in domestic violence, which is defined as conduct that infringes on another person’s dignity and worth as a human being.
Rosemond, who on June 30, 2020, posted a nude photo of herself with her son on social media, pleaded not guilty to all charges.
However, the Circuit Court granted her bail in the sum of GH100,000 with four sureties.
Two of the sureties had to be backed up by the same sum of landed ground.
In addition to the bail terms, the judge ordered that the property’s title deed be placed in the court’s Registry awaiting the outcome of the case.
Her former counsel, Philip Kofi Bekoe, had asked the court to grant her bail on the grounds that she is a well-known figure. He said that his client has substantial assets that could be used as sureties if bail is issued.
The prosecutor did not object to the bail request.
Bright K. Appiah, the Director of Child Rights International Ghana, was the petitioner in the case brought to the court by the prosecution headed by Chief Inspector Agartha Asantewaa.
According to the prosecutors, the convicted person celebrated her son’s seventh birthday on June 30, 2020, by taking nude photos of her son, who was also half-naked, and posting them on her Instagram profile, which went viral.
She told the court that the photos drew attention and that the convicted person’s actions were likely to diminish the integrity of her seven-year-old son and others.
The plaintiff petitioned the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Directorate, and the case was forwarded to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit, according to Chief Inspt. Agartha.
She said that Akuapem Poloo was arrested and that in her warning statement, she confessed to sharing the nude photo of her son unwittingly.
The defense, on the other hand, said that Rosemond shared the nude photo of her son on purpose.