Appeals court fines Poloo Ghc12,000, reverses her 90-day jail term
The Court of Appeal has reversed Akuapem Poloo’s 90-day jail term.
The court has in place of her jail term fined her GHc12, 000 (1000 penalty units).
Lawyers for the actress on December 7, 2021, filed a notice of appeal at the Court of Appeal challenging the dismissal of her appeal by the High Court.
On Monday, December 1, 2021, the High Court presided over by Justice Ruby Aryeetey dismissed her Appeal seeking a non-custodial sentence instead of a custodial sentence.
The High Court ruled that the 90 days custodial sentence imposed on her by the Circuit Court was not “manifestly excessive” and “harsh” and therefore cannot interfere with that decision.
However, her lawyers described the ruling as harsh and appealed the decision.
The filing on behalf of the actress read: “Please take note that the convict/appellant/appellant herein, being aggrieved by the judgement of the High Court Criminal Division (1)Accra, Her Ladyship Ruby Aryeetey dated 1st 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 sentenced of a fine instead of a custodial sentence of 90days imposed on the appellant by the trial court is appropriate in this case,” the notice of appeal stated.
“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 added.
Her lawyers had also filed for bail pending the determination of the appeal.
The notice for bail application would be moved on December 15, 2021.
The convict is currently serving the remainder of her jail terms.