Munga's wait continues

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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The wait continues for dancehall artiste Munga Honorable, as his trial has been pushed back to November 5.

“It was a case management to regularise the trial between himself and the other accused person. As it relates to Munga, he was served with all his documents by the prosecution and is prepared for trial. However, the other accused (there are two persons charged in the matter) has not received their documents as yet and, therefore, isn't ready for trial,” Christopher Townsend, attorney-at-law representing the deejay, told the Jamaica Observer.

They appeared in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston on June 6.

Townsend said his client is eager to move forward.

“It's a process and he (Munga) appreciates that it's a process. He is really anxious to just get this behind him, but right now he's focusing on his career. He just wants to get this behind him,” he said.

Munga Honorable, whose given name is Damian Rhoden, is charged in connection with the February 2017 murder of Cleveland Smith.

According to the police report, it is alleged that Smith was accosted by a group of men, one of whom was reportedly armed with a gun at a dance in the Ackee Walk community of St Andrew. An altercation ensued between them during which Smith was shot. He was then rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The entertainer was granted bail in June 2017 in the sum of $500,000.

Townsend is confident his team can emerge victorious.

“In reality, he has a good case. In this field it is not about being confident or not; it is your ability to present your case well. I have been in the profession for 20-odd years and I have won cases before. Therefore, I have a fair idea of what I'm doing, so the probability is fairly balanced. Not to say the prosecution doesn't have a good case, but we have a good defence,” he said.

Munga Honorable is known for tracks including In My Arms, Flippin Rhymes, and Bad From Me Born.


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