American couple in Uganda accused of torturing boy plead guilty to lesser charges

American couple in Uganda accused of torturing boy plead guilty to lesser charges
American couple in Uganda accused of torturing boy plead guilty to lesser charges

Hello and welcome to the details of American couple in Uganda accused of torturing boy plead guilty to lesser charges and now with the details

Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - American couple Nicholas Spencer and his wife, Mackenzie Leigh Mathias Spencer, sit in the courtroom during the verdict where they are charged with torturing a ten-year-old John Kayima and state prosecutor objected to their application saying that the two have been illegally in Uganda after their work permits expired, at the High court in Kampala, Uganda, October 31, 2023. — Reuters pic

KAMPALA, Oct 31 — A US couple previously charged in Uganda with aggravated torture and child trafficking pleaded guilty today to lesser charges and will now pay a range of fines of up to 105 million shillings ($28,000), according to a court ruling.

Nicholas Spencer and his wife Mackenzie Leigh Mathias Spencer, both in their early 30s and from South Carolina, were detained in December last year and initially charged with the graver offences against a 10-year-old boy they had fostered and were living with in Kampala, the Ugandan capital.

The charge of aggravated child trafficking carries the death penalty in Uganda while aggravated child torture draws a maximum sentence of life in prison. Both defendants denied those charges.

High Court Judge Alice Kyomuhangi said today that as a result of a plea bargain with prosecutors, the defendants - who have lived in Uganda since 2017 and had been free on bail since March - agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges.

Advertisement

Mackenzie Leigh Mathias Spencer pleaded guilty to inflicting cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment for which she was sentenced to a fine of 3.36 million shillings or two years in prison. Nicholas Spencer admitted one count of child neglect for which he was fined 1.5 million shillings or six months in jail.

David Mpanga, counsel for the couple, told Reuters they had opted to pay fines for both those charges.

The couple also pleaded guilty to staying illegally in the east African country and working without permits. For this, they were sentenced to two months in prison But these were deducted from the time they served while on remand. Both were also ordered to compensate the child with 50 million shillings each.

Advertisement

“The child was in need of help and support, having lost his father and having been abandoned by his own mother. Unfortunately the accused persons failed to manage his peculiar behaviours,” Kyomuhangi said while delivering her ruling.

Mpanga told Reuters the boy had psychiatric problems, including aggressive and anti-social behaviour, and that the couple was trying to manage a difficult child but because they had no experience in parenting, “they perhaps went too far.” — Reuters

These were the details of the news American couple in Uganda accused of torturing boy plead guilty to lesser charges for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV At least 43 dead in Dhaka building blaze
NEXT Italy foreign minister urges ‘immediate ceasefire’ in Gaza

Author Information

I am Jeff King and I’m passionate about business and finance news with over 4 years in the industry starting as a writer working my way up into senior positions. I am the driving force behind Al-KhaleejToday.NET with a vision to broaden the company’s readership throughout 2016. I am an editor and reporter of “Financial” category. Address: 383 576 Gladwell Street Longview, TX 75604, USA Phone: (+1) 903-247-0907 Email: [email protected]