Munga’s Murder Trial Rescheduled to 2025

Dancehall artiste Munga Honorable’s court trial was postponed, and now he will be appearing in court on February 17, 2025, to answer for the murder of Cleveland Smith, the cousin of dancehall artiste Mr Vegas.

The trial date was moved after Munga’s attorney-at-law, Christopher Townsend, was said to be facing personal issues that were hindering him from proceeding. This announcement was made in the Home Circuit court on Monday. The new trial date and a hearing to determine if the case is ready were subsequently scheduled with the pre-trial hearing date set for November 4, 2024.

According to a report from the Jamaica Gleaner, Townsend said, “I have a priority matter set for next week, and I also a personal reasons why I could not have planned the matter this week.” Townsend also shared that his client was disappointed with the postponed trial, but he understood the nature of the court case.

Munga, legally named Damian Rhoden, and his co-accused, Sheridan Gordon, are facing a murder charge in connection to the 2017 killing of Smith. The police report outlines that a gang of armed men reportedly confronted Smith at a party in the Ackee Walk community of St. Andrew.

A dispute unfolded between Smith and the men who had guns, and Smith was shot on Molynes Road, Kingston 20. After being transported to the Kingston Public Hospital, Smith was pronounced dead.

Justice Leighton Pusey extended the bail for Munga and Gorden. Munga was allowed a modification to his bail terms in 2022 so that he could travel to Africa for multiple concerts.

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