American Couple to Go on Trial for Child Torture in Uganda

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An American couple who came to Uganda in 2017 to adopt children will face trial in the East African country after a magistrate found that the evidence presented against them in connection with the torturing and trafficking of a 10-year-old boy was sufficient. According to the BBC, the minor was in the care of Mackenzie and Nicholas Spencer.


Last December, authorities arrested the couple. They are also accused of entering Uganda without work licenses, in addition to the aforementioned claims. The Spencers, who have been detained for three months, will appear before the country’s international crimes branch of the High Court to address the allegations.


According to documents, the Director of Public Prosecutions intends to present video evidence recorded by a housemaid employed by the couple. The Spencers were allegedly staying in Kampala, the country’s main city, when they allegedly mistreated the kid in their care.


The video evidence apparently shows the 10-year-old being left alone in a tiled and frigid room. In addition to being given frozen food to eat, the youngster was placed under 24-hour surveillance and forced to sit naked in one position.

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