MUK Raping Maestro Applies For Bail
By Serestino Tusingwire
The incarcerated Makerere University lecturer, Prof. Christopher Bakuneta, 55, who is accused of raping a MUK female student has applied for bail.
Prof. Bakuneta, who lectured at the Department of Natural Sciences, wants to be released on bail on the presumption of innocence until proven guilty by the prosecution.
The other ground is that he will not interfere with the prosecution witnesses since they are not known to him and has a fixed place of abode.
Bakuneta wants a non-cash bail due to the fact that he has spent over five months on remand at Luzira prison without pay.
Prosecution alleges that on March 24, 2016 at Makerere University, Bakuneta had forceful sexual intercourse with a 22-year old-student without her consent.
It is alleged that the student stayed in his garage at the time of the incident.
Court documents indicate that on that day at about 4:00pm, the student came back from school exhausted, entered her room and subsequently slept off.
She then reportedly woke up to find Bakuneta on top of her, who then forced himself on her and raped her.
According to the indictment, he later took off without saying anything after the act.
Court heard that the victim could not move on the fateful day and slept overnight until the following day when she went out and informed their neighbors about the ordeal.
Reports indicate that she came to know Bakuneta through her sister, who used to stay with the same lecturer in 2014.
According to a police medical report, the student had a wound on her right labia and bruises on the vulva, reflecting forceful penetration.
Upon interrogation by the police, the accused denied the allegations, arguing that it was consensual and not rape as alleged. He further revealed that it was not the first time he had sex with her.
Bakuneta is battling charges of rape, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment upon conviction.
Justice Nyanzi will hear the bail application for over 50 criminal offenders before the end of this week and decide whether or not to release them on bail. The session began Monday.
Other prominent people on the session seeking bail include jailed Nakawa Municipality MP, Michael Kabaziguruka who is facing treachery charges and offences relating to security before the army court.