A Lawyer with the Western Regional Office of the Legal Aid Commission Ebo Donkor, has hinted at the Commission’s readiness to lead efforts at appealing the sentence of 29-year-old Joana Krah, who has been sentenced to six-years imprisonment for faking her kidnapping.
Commenting on the matter, he posited the six-year jail term was harsh hence their preparedness to review the sentencing.
“When we heard of the sentencing, we thought the punishment was on the high side and shouldn’t have been so”.
She was sentenced by the Takoradi Harbour Circuit Court A on two counts of deceiving a public officer and publication of false news.
She pleaded guilty on Monday, October 25, 2021, when she was arraigned before the court presided over by Michael Kojo Ampadu.
Before the judge sentenced her, the court explained that it took into consideration the fact that Joana is a first time offender.
The court also considered the fact she has a child and the fact that she cooperated with investigators and reported herself to the police when the matter was reported to the police.
Mr. Ebo Donkor admitted that cases of fake kidnapping was tarnishing the image of Sekondi Takoradi.
But stressed 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 three years old. Again, when she came to court, she did not waste its time, she confessed to the prank. So, if you consider these, we think there ought to have been a somewhat lighter sentence”.