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American couple in Uganda to face court over child torture

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An American couple who flew to Uganda in 2017 to adopt children will go on trial there after a magistrate determined the evidence against them in the trafficking and torture of a 10-year-old boy was sufficient. The kid in question was in Mackenzie and Nicholas Spencer’s care, the BBC reports.

The pair was detained by the police in December. They are accused of entering Uganda without valid work licenses in addition to the previously outlined accusations. The Spencers, who have been on detention for three months, will defend themselves in court before the nation’s High Court’s section on foreign crimes.

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Documents state that the Director of Public Prosecution plans to provide video evidence taken by a housemaid who was employed by the couple. The Spencers were said to be staying in the country’s capital city of Kampala when they allegedly tortured the minor under their care.

The video evidence allegedly shows the 10-year-old being left alone in a room that was tiled and cold. Besides being given frozen food to eat, the minor was also put under surveillance for 24 hours and was made to sit naked in one position.


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