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As a result of the court’s decision, Akuapem Poloo will continue her 90-day jail term

Akuapem Poloo, a social media phenomenon, will return to the Nsawam Medium Security Prison to finish her 90-day sentence.

This comes after the criminal division of the High Court dismissed her appeal against the sentence.

The presiding Judge, Justice Ruby Aryeetey, ruled that the sentence imposed by an Accra Circuit Court in April was not severe on its face and hence would not be overturned.

“The court will only interfere if the court is convinced that the sentencing is manifestly excessive. The sentence was not manifestly excessive, and this court will not interfere with the court’s sentencing. This appeal is dismissed,” Justice Aryeetey gaveled.

Known in private life as Rosemond Brown, the controversial social media personality landed herself in trouble when she posted nudes of her then 7-year-old son on social media, in an unusual celebratory style.

She was said to have violated the dignity and rights of the son.

Her subsequent 90-day jail term sentence was, however, described by her lawyers as harsh, and thus appealed against it.

But in an apparent defence of the trial court, Justice Aryeetey observed that: “It is apparent on the face of the trial document that the trial judge exercised her discretion judiciously. I am of the view that the trial court considered all the mitigating factors put up by the appellant’s lawyer and in the appeal. The trial judge also considered all the aggravating factors yet imposed the custodial sentence.”

In the considered view of Her Ladyship, “the trial judge imposed a harsh sentence to serve as a deterrent to others from committing the same crime.”

The High Court thus ordered that the child at the centre of the prosecution should be given to another family member who is competent enough to take care of him.

Source: citinewsroom

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