Following the accusations and charge for publishing nude pictures, the actress (controversial media personality) Akuapem Poloo is to be arraigned before the court on the 29th of January 2021.
The case which was supposed to have gone to trial on the 23rd of November this year was postponed due to the absence of the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Agatha Asantewaa from the court.
It was reported that she was on leave and hence unable to be present in court. Therefore, the case was suspended until the next year.
Using this opportunity, the court headed by Christina Cann, advised the prosecution to register all important evidentiary documents as well as witness accounts before the next court sitting.
To recount, Akuapem Poloo on June 30, released a naked picture of herself with her son who recently turned seven years old son. She did it in celebration of his birthday however, this action caused major social unrest throughout the internet and media.
Akuapem Poloo at the beginning claimed she was not completely au naturel but later offered apologies for her actions and subsequently deleted the picture off her Instagram page.
Following that, Mr. Bright K. Appiah, the Director of Child Rights International, requested the police to look into the case after Miss Poloo has faced reprehensions for her action. She was subsequently charged with the crime of publishing lewd material and double counts of acts exhibiting domestic violence. Akuapem Poloo denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty.
Christina Cann, presiding over the court in the first hearing disclosed that she would be allowed bail in the amount of Ghc100,000 with four sureties, two of which would be justified with landed property worth Ghc100,00.
We understand from the prosecution’s narrative of the case that the complainant is none other than the aforementioned Director of Child Rights International Ghana, Mr. Bright K. Appiah. According to the narrative, the complainant, Mr. Appiah petitioned the Director-General of the CID who then referred the case to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU).
The prosecution proceeded to say that the accused, Akuapem Poloo was later apprehended and in her statement of caution admitted to posting the picture but added that she did it unintentionally.
However, the write up she attached to the picture belied that statement. It read: “I am naked in front of you because this is how naked I was giving birth to you, so in case you find me lying somewhere don’t pass by but see me as your mom who brought you to life.”
The prosecution deduced from the above statement that she posted the nude picture knowingly.