Akuapem Poloo (credit: Instagram - @akuapem_poloo. Photo taken by: Chocolate Shot It)

Lawyer and journalist, Samson Lardy Anyenini has said celebrities and other concerned individuals calling for leniency for Rosemond Brown aka Akuapem Poloo should be mindful of the law.

Speaking on JoyNews’ Super Morning Show Friday, he said with regards to the punishment people believe she deserves the statements should be buttressed with details from the law.

“A lot of it is being done out of some level of ignorance. And I think that it is useful that when people are taking up courses. And there is a special area, they should seek advice and be advised accordingly and to do things within the bounds of the law,” he said.

Moments after she was convicted over the naked photo she shared on her son’s seventh birthday, social media was buzzing with the hashtag ‘#FreeAkuapemPoloo’.

This was a campaign for the actress to be freed or be given a less harsh punishment.

This, according to the host of JoyNews’ Newsfile, is not wrong, “but some of them [celebrities] have gone beyond.”

“Actually there are some who are unexcited that there is a plea for leniency and so on and so forth. Some say that there’s the need for the right, as it were, signals to be sent out there so that people, particularly, those who call themselves celebrities, would be careful about what they do.”

According to him, based on the three charges against Akuapem Poloo, “one is on section 280 of the Criminal Offences Act and then I think the other two are on the Domestic Violence Act more specifically section 1D and 3(2) thereabout.”

He added that, on the basis of the fact that she has pleaded guilty to all three charges, she could face up to 3 years in prison or otherwise since the law says it is a misdemeanour in her case.

“As in determine a fine and also say a particular number of years in prison minimum and maximum. In the circumstance where it doesn’t say anything but simply says it’s a misdemeanor, the procedure Act which is Act 30 is where we go to after we have read Act 29.

“And Act 30, the particular relevant provision says it will be 3 years, maximum. Which means from one day in prison to 3 years,” he said.

He further stated that the other two charges which are based on the Domestic Violence Act 2007 could either attract a fine or jail or both.

“They attract 500 penalty units that is in fine. Which is in Ghana cedis, ¢6000. That’s the maximum. So it could be from 1 penalty unit which is ¢12 to 500 penalty units which would be ¢6000.

“So it’s a fine or two years maximum in jail or a fine together with the two years. So that’s what you have,” he said.