By Prossy Namiiro
Two foster parents of American origin have been charged with Aggravated torture by the Buganda Road Court.
According to the Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga, the couple identified as Nicholas Spencer 32, and his wife Mackenzie Leigh Mathias Spencer 32 have been have been mistreating one of their foster children, 10 years old John Kayima.
The suspects came in Uganda in 2017 and started working with Akola project based in Jinja.
In 2018, they adopted three children including the victim from Welcome Ministry, Jinja City. They later joined motive Creation Agency, and moved with their children to upper Naguru, where they have been staying together.
“It was however, realised that between the year, 2020 and December 2022, the couple constantly tortured, John Kayima, a pupil of Dawn Children’s Center in Ntinda, which attracted the attention of neighbours.” Enanga revealed
It was the neighbors who alerted the police at Kira Road Division and investigations commenced.
“Our team of investigators established, that the couple kept the victim barefoot, and naked throughout the day, would occasionally make him squat in an awkward position, with his head facing the floor and hands spread out widely, he spent his nights on a wooden platform, without a mattress or beddings and was served cold meals from the fridge. We believe, the victim could have endured more severe acts of torture, away from the camera,” he addedThe suspects were remanded until December 14, 2022.