A High Court in Accra has granted bail to Rosemond Brown, the actress and social media personality mostly known as Akuapem Poloo.
This came after she had been sentenced to serve 90 days in prison for being to the three charges brought against her.
Her lawyer appealed to the her sentencing and submitted a motion for her to be released on bail.
That motion was agreed and today Akuapem Poloo will be sleeping in her own bed.
However, she is not free. As part of her GHS 80k bail, she must report to the case investigator every two weeks.
She has to give up her passport and it will be kept by the registrar of the court.
If she wants to travel, she needs to get a permission from the court before she can do so.
Her bail is coming with a lot of strings. However, a lot of people are questioning why someone who has pled guilty, has been convicted and sentenced can be out on a bail.
Well, there is a legal provision for that.
The Criminal Procedure Act 1960 (Act 30), a law that regulates management of criminal cases in Ghana has a provision that allows for Akuapem Poloo’s bail after conviction and sentencing to be possible.
Subsection 1(a) of section 96 of the act reads that “Subject to the provisions of this section, a court may grant bail to any person who appears or is brought before it on any process or after being arrested without warrant, and who is prepared at any time or at any stage of the proceedings or after conviction pending an appeal to give bail.”
Yes, it is those last 8 words that have saved Akuapem Poloo and given her – even if momentarily – the chance to go home and be with her family while her appeal travels through the court system.
Akuapem Poloo pleaded guilty and was convicted for the 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 namely conduct that in any way detracts or is likely to detract from another person’s dignity and worth as a human being.
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