Motorbike Rider Sentenced for Sharing his Ex’s Private Video on Social Media

Gilbert Asemuasa, a 24-year-old motorbike rider from Akatsi in the Akatsi South Municipality of the Volta Region, has received a two-year jail sentence from the District Court. This comes as a result of his involvement in circulating a private video of his former fiancé on social media without her consent.

Asemuasa was charged with the offence of non-consensual sharing of an intimate image, which is in violation of Section 67 of the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038). The section states that intentionally distributing or causing the distribution of an intimate image or prohibited visual recording of another identifiable person without their consent, when there was a reasonable expectation of privacy, is an offence punishable by imprisonment of one to three years upon summary conviction.

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During the court proceedings on June 2, Police prosecutor Chief Inspector Joseph Ajongbah provided details of the case. He explained that three years ago, Asemuasa was in a relationship with a 20-year-old woman who was a past student of the Caring Sister Vocational Institute in Keta. In January 2019, the complainant visited Asemuasa at his house, and they engaged in sexual intercourse. Subsequently, the complainant informed Asemuasa about experiencing rashes on her genitalia, and he used his phone’s light to examine the area without her knowledge, recording a video in the process.

According to Chief Inspector Ajongbah, Asemuasa had warned the complainant not to end the relationship, threatening to teach her a lesson if she did not comply. However, a misunderstanding occurred between them, leading the complainant to call off the relationship. Despite Asemuasa’s attempts to reconcile, the complainant refused. Later, she received a threatening call from an unknown number, which turned out to be Asemuasa, threatening to expose the video.

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The complainant reported the issue to Asemuasa’s brother, but no action was taken. Eventually, she filed a formal complaint with the police in Akatsi, leading to Asemuasa’s arrest. During the interrogation, he admitted to taking the video but denied sharing it on social media. However, after thorough investigations, Asemuasa was charged, brought before the court, and eventually convicted after admitting to the offence. He was sentenced to two years of imprisonment with hard labor.

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