Couple In Confinement Case Appear In Court

The London home where a child was locked in a bedroom for 18-24 months. May 30, 2014. (Photo by Ashton Patis)

The couple accused of confining their nephew to a squalid bedroom for 18-24 months appeared in a London courtroom this morning.

The man and woman appeared in person with a Korean translator. They are charged with forcible confinement and failing to provide the necessaries of life in connection with the boy’s confinement.

A judge set a new date of August 28 for the pair to return to court to deal with translator issues, and to “set a date”.

The 10-year-old boy was freed May 29 by London police who were contacted by Children’s Aid Society after receiving an anonymous tip. Investigators say the scene was horrific. The boy had been locked inside a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom.

Police say the boy was fed fast food twice a day. After the discovery he was immediately taken to hospital and treated for malnourishment. He is now in the care of a foster home.

The boy was not born in Canada and his parents do not reside in the country.

*with files from Ashton Patis and Lisa Brandt