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Ugandan court docket remands US couple for 2 extra weeks

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A Ugandan court docket on Tuesday remanded in custody an American couple charged with little one trafficking in a case which may see them serve life in jail if convicted.

Nicholas Spencer and his spouse Mackenzie Leigh Spencer allegedly tortured and held a 10-year-old boy in a small, chilly room with out garments between 2020 and 2022, based on a cost sheet offered by the state prosecution service in December 2022.

In accordance with the couple’s lawyer, David Mpanga, they may return to court docket on February 2 to listen to the progress of the state’s investigation.

”It has been adjourned to the 2nd of February and we shall be right here to listen to the standing of the investigation and when the case shall be prepared for committal to the Excessive Courtroom,” Moanga stated.

He added, “They’re charged with aggravated trafficking and aggravated torture. The aggravated trafficking cost is simply triable within the excessive court docket so the case at this time was for the court docket to watch the progress of the investigation and to find out when the state shall be able to commit them to the Excessive Courtroom.”

The boy is without doubt one of the couple’s three adopted youngsters, who arrived in Uganda in 2017 to volunteer at a US-based nonprofit within the city of Jinja earlier than shifting to Naguru, an upmarket suburb of Kampala, to work in a start-up.