Lawyer for embattled social media personality, Akuapem Poloo, has vowed to seek an appeal against the 90-day jail term handed out to his client for posting a nude photo of herself and her son on Instagram.
Speaking to the media after the court’s ruling on Friday, April, 16,2021, Akuapem Poloo’s lead counsel, Andrew Vortia, said he is not going to rule out the idea of appealing against the court’s ruling because he believes it was too harsh.
He added that he was waiting for the full judgment by the court on the case before he proceeds to formally file an appeal against it.
In fact, appealing this ruling is an option for us. For me, I want to go for an appeal.”
“I have written for the judgment. If I have it by the close of the day, by 9 am on Monday [April 19] I will file an appeal,” he told the press.
Meanwhile, Rosemond Brown aka Akuapem Poloo pleaded guilty to three charges levelled against her in an Accra circuit court as far as the nude photo she shared with her son was concerned.
Because she pleased to guilty on all three charges and was convicted on her own plea, the court was left with no option other than to hand her a 90-day jail term on Friday under the Criminal Justice Act.
However, Lawyer Vortia maintained that the punishment handed out to Akauepem Poloo was harsh since her misbehaviour on social media is nowhere close to murder or rape.
“The mitigating factors in her favour are greater than the aggravating factors. When you consider this offence, it is not rape. It is not murder. It is a misdemeanour in which she could have been dealt with lightly,” he said.
Lawyer Vortia also added that the court failed to take the welfare of the seven-year-old son of Akuapem Poloo into consideration. Therefore, he will definitely seek an appeal in favour of his client in the fullness of time.
“Social welfare should have been bought in. We are protecting the child. The mother is gone, so who takes care of the child? Absolutely nothing was done to that effect,” Mr Andrew said.