Ghanaian socialite and actress Akuapem Poloo has been set free, but on one condition — she will pay a fine. She will be totally free after her fine conditions are met.
The court, on Wednesday, December 15, freed the socialite and fined her GHC1000, GHC500, and GHC500 penalty units on the three counts. These are expected to run concurrently, according to 3News.
The Court had earlier thrown out an appeal filed by her lawyers after Akuapem Poloo was sentenced to spend 90 days in jail on her own plea as she pleaded guilty to a charge of the publication of n*de photos involving her son in April this year.
On Monday, December 6, the legal counsel for Akuapem Poloo, led by Andrew Kudzo Vortia, challenged the dismissal of her appeal by the High Court with regard to her 90–day jail term over indecent exposure involving her son on social media.
“Please take note that the convict/appellant/appellant herein,” the notice said, “being aggrieved by the judgement of the High Court Criminal Division (1)Accra, Her Ladyship Ruby Aryeetey dated 1 December 2021 dismissing the appellant appeal against the conviction and sentenced to 90 days imprisonment imposed on the appellant on each count to run concurrently by Her Honour Mrs Christiana Cann dated April 16, 2021, hereby appeals to the court of appeal on the grounds set out below and for the release stated hereunder.”
“That the learned judge erred in failing to appreciate that as a young first offender and a single parent, a noncustodial sentence of a fine instead of a custodial sentence of 90days imposed on the appellant by the trial court is appropriate in this case. That the custodial sentence of 90 days imposed on the appellant be set aside and in lieu, be substituted with a non-custodial sentence or a fine,” it stated.