Court grants Akuapem Poloo Ghc80k bail
The Criminal Court 2 Division of the High Court has granted bail to Social Media personality Rosemond Alade Brown popularly known as Akuapem Poloo pending an appeal filed by her lawyer against her 90-day jail sentence.
The court granted her bail in the sum of GHc80, 000 with two sureties. In addition to the bail, she is to report to the case investigator every two weeks and is to deposit her passport with the registrar of the court.
The court said, she will only travel with the express permission of the court.
Her lawyer Andrews Kudzo Vortia on Monday, April 19, 2021, filed a notice of appeal and application for bail against the actress’s custodial sentence at the same time.
Akuapem Poloo, was sentenced for publishing obscene material and for undermining the dignity and integrity of her 7-year-old son.
But her lawyer, Andrew Vortia immediately appealed against the sentence describing it as harsh.
He subsequently also applied for bail for Akuapem Poloo pending a determination of the appeal.
The convict (appellant) was arrested and arraigned before the Circuit Court, Accra on three (3) counts of offences relating to obscenity contrary to section 280 of Act 29/60 and Domestic Violence contrary of section 1(d) (iii) and (iv) and 3(2) of Act 732.
She was sentenced to 90 days in prison on each of the three charges after pleading guilty to them, but the court said, the sentences are to run concurrently,
However, not satisfied with the conviction, the convict/appellant has filed a notice of appeal at the High court for determination.
The lawyer said the sentencing was harsh and the non-custodial sentence would have been best.
“…That the ninety (90) days sentence is so short that if the applicant is not admitted to bail immediately by the time the appeal is heard, she would have finished serving the sentence.
“That the Convict/Appellant pleaded guilty simpliciter and was convicted on her own plea and on all counts and sentenced to ninety (90) days all counts to run concurrently.
“That I am advised by Counsel and verily believe so to be true that there has been a grave miscarriage of justice and that the trial judge erred in considering only aggravating factor in arriving at her decision” part of the motion for bail stated.
Counsel also argued before the High Court that, the grant of bail to a convicted person is not automatic but discretionary which lies solely in the bossom of a judge.
“…We verily believe that the following exceptional circumstances existed in this case which the trial court ought to have duly considered.”