Murder trial for Munga Honorable moved to 2025

May 29, 2023

The murder trial involving dancehall artiste Damian 'Munga Honourable' Rhoden and his co-accused Sherdian Gordon, was postponed to February 17, 2025.

The declaration was made when they appeared before the Home Circuit Court.

Both men are charged in connection with the 2017 murder of Cleveland Smith, who is the cousin of dancehall veteran Mr Vegas. 

The trial was scheduled to begin today, however, the matter failed to proceed due to personal challenges being experienced by Munga’s lawyer Christopher Townsend.

Consequently, a new trial date was scheduled along with a trial readiness hearing for November 4, 2024.

Both defendants' bail was extended by Justice Leighton Pusey.

According to police report  on the day in question, Smith, who was 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 between them resulting in Smith being shot and later pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Prior to his death, Smith had injured the “Nah Mad Ova” deejay in a machete attack.

King’s Counsel Peter Champagnie represent Gordon.

Munga is known for hits such as ‘Bad Like I’, ‘Earthquake’ and ‘Bad From Me Born’. 

- Tanesha Mundle

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