A lawyer with the Western Region Office of the Legal Aid Commission, Ebo Donkor has offered to lead efforts at appealing the sentence of 29-year-old Joana Krah Akos, who was on Tuesday, October 26 jailed for faking her kidnapping.
Mr. Donkor has described her 6-year sentence as too harsh and wants to use his own resources to appeal the judgment. “When we heard of the sentencing, we thought the punishment was on the high side and shouldn’t have been so,” he said.
Joana Krah Akos was jailed for six years by the Michael Ampadu Circuit Court in Takoradi on two counts of deceiving a public officer and publication of false news.
Reacting to the sentencing on the Wednesday edition of Connect FM’s morning show Omanbapa, Ebo Donkor admitted that cases of fake kidnapping are tarnishing the image of Sekondi-Takoradi.
But he argued that “in passing a sentence, the law requires that one looks at the aggravating and mitigating factors”.
“If you look at the lady in question, she is 29 years old, she has one child who is 3 years old. Again, when she came to court, she did not waste its time. She herself confessed to the prank. So, if you consider these, we think there ought to have been a somewhat lighter sentence.
“Therefore, we are using your medium, Connect FM, to reach out to the family of Joana to contact us or come to our office so we see what we can do to help the situation.”