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Nicholas Spencer and wife Mackenzie Leigh Mathias Spencer with their 3 children.

Two Americans remanded over child torture

The territorial police in Kampala Metropolitan have charged two foster parents of American origin to Buganda Road Court with the Aggravated torture of their 10-year-old son.

Enanga Fred, the Police Spokesperson, revealed in a statement that the facts gathered indicate that Nicholas Spencer,32 and his wife Mackenzie Leigh Mathias Spencer,32, adopted 3 children, including Kayima John from Welcome Ministry in Jinja City in 2018.

According to Enanga, between the year, 2020 and December 2022, the couple constantly tortured Kayima John, a 10-year-old pupil at Dawn Children’s Center in Ntinda, which attracted the attention of neighbours and they alerted the police at Kira Road Division and investigations started.

Enanga added that a police team of investigators established that the couple kept the victim barefoot and naked throughout the day, served cold meals from the fridge, and made him sleep on a wooden platform without a mattress or beddings.

According to the police statement, the suspects came to Uganda in 2017, and started working with Akola Project, based in Jinja. They later moved with their 3 children to Upper Naguru in Kampala where they joined Motive Creation Agency.

Enanga appreciated the neighbours, teachers and the victim for taking the courage to stand-up against acts of child torture and further called upon all probation officers and social workers to continuously monitor the well-being of children in foster homes.

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