Private legal practitioner, Francis Xavier Sosu, is advocating for a minimum sentence for actress, Rosemond Alade Brown known in the showbiz circles as Akuapem Poloo who has been convicted over the publication of nude pictures.
Mr. Xavier Sosu says the judge sitting on the case should temper justice with mercy in the case of the controversial figure owing the actress has shown remorse.
Akuapem Poloo was charged for publication of obscene materials, engaging in domestic violence namely conduct that in any way undermines another person’s privacy or integrity, and engaging in domestic violence.
The actress pleaded guilty to all three charges and was convicted on her own plea by the court presided over by Christina Cann on Wednesday.
She has been remanded into custody to undergo a pregnancy test before her sentencing.
Reacting to the development, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina Constituency said the actress pleaded guilty at the early stages of the case avoiding long legal battle and adjournments hence she should be handed a minimum sentence to encourage others to emulate.
“Indecent exposure is a misdemeanor and violates the Act 29 which is the criminal justice act.”
“Indecent exposure when convicted you could go to prison, fine, or you could have both, so, the case of Akuapem Poloo I’m not too sure what’s the position of the court might be whether to simply fine her or to give her custodial sentence or both but, then again, I think this case is to draw our attention to the misuse of social media platforms and handles we have. The fact that social media platforms belong to us individually does not mean the space is unregulated. You cannot record somebody privately and share those nude pictures. That definitely would be a criminal offense beyond the fact it will also be a civil offense,” Mr. Xavier Sosu told Metro TV in an interview.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) legislator thereby pleaded with the prosecution and judge to pronounce a minimum sentence on Akuapem Poloo who awaits judgment over the publication of nude pictures with her 11-year-old son on Friday, April 16, 2021.
“I believe that pleading guilty kind of truncate the amount of time it requires to prosecute in a matter of this. Secondly, it also shows some level of introspection having taken time to listen to what the state is saying she feels that what happened she wouldn’t do what she did and accepted responsibility and I think we must be quick to encourage people who accept responsibilities and temper justice with mercy in those circumstances, so, I’d encourage both the prosecution and the judge that this is a clear in which the judge should consider the level of remorseness of Akuapem Poloo and the fact that she’s admitted that she went wrong and give her as minimum penalties or sentences as she could ever receive. After all the essence of criminal justice is to bring about reforms,’ he noted.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonlinfmonline.com | Ghana