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Murder trial of Munga Honorable put off until 2025

By Racquel Porter

Dancehall artiste Munga Honorable is to stand trial on February 17, 2025 in relation to the 2017 murder of Cleveland Smith.

The entertainer, whose real name is Damian Rhoden, and his co-defendant Sherdian Gordon are charged with murder.

The murder trial, which was scheduled for Monday in the Home Circuit Court, was postponed due to personal challenges being experienced by Munga's lawyer Christopher Townsend.

Mr. Gordon is represented by Peter Champagnie.

Their bail was extended and a trial readiness hearing set for November 4, 2024.

It's reported that on the day in question, Smith, who is the nephew of dancehall artiste Mr. Vegas, was accosted by a group of men, one reportedly armed with a gun, at a dance in Ackee Walk, St. Andrew.

An altercation ensued, resulting in Smith being shot and later pronounced dead at Kingston Public Hospital.

Prior to his death, Smith had injured Munga Honorable in a machete attack.