Thursday 19 September, 2019

Murder trial of reggae artiste 'Munga' transferred to Supreme Court

The murder trial of dancehall artiste, Damian Rhoden otherwise called 'Munga Honourable' has now been transferred to the Supreme Court.

This was done on Friday during a committal hearing held in the Corporate Area Gun Court to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to justify sending the defendant to stand trial before a judge and jury.

The dancehall artiste, who is being represented by Christopher Townsend, is charged for the murder of Cleveland Smith, who was shot and killed on February 12, 2017.

Attorney-at-law Kaysian Kennedy appeared on behalf of Townsend, who was overseas, when the committal proceedings took place in the Corporate Area Gun Court.

"Munga was readmitted to bail and it will be processed the same way as before, the reporting condition remains the same, and his location remains undisclosed. Munga will next appear in court on July 3 in the Supreme Court," she told Loop reporter Claude Mills. 

According to police reports, Smith, said to be a relative of entertainer Vegas, left his Moonlight Drive address in St Andrew on his green Rambo pedal cycle to attend a dancehall session.

It is alleged that he was accosted by a group of men, one of whom was reportedly armed with a gun. It is further alleged that an altercation ensued between the men and himself during which Smith was shot. He was then rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Last year, Munga Honourable was granted bail on June 23 in the sum of $500,000 after appearing in court. The bail remains the same. 

 

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