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

December 5, 2023


A U.S. couple previously charged in Uganda with aggravated torture and child trafficking pleaded guilty on Tuesday 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.

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