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No court date yet for Munga

Monday, May 29, 2017

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A court date is yet to be set for dancehall deejay Munga Honorebel who is currently behind bars after being charged with the murder of Cleveland Smith.Munga Honorebel (whose given name is Damian Rhoden) was arrested and charged on Saturday.

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, attorney Christopher Townsend said his client has maintained his innocence and is quite concerned about the charges laid against him.

“As expected Mr Rhoden is very concerned about the allegations as they are very serious. The allegations are not true and he continues to maintain his innocence and is really saddened about the situation that he is in right now,” said Townsend.

Smith was reportedly killed approximately two weeks ago at a dance in the community of Ackee Walk in St Andrew.

In 2015, dancehall artiste had a run in with Smith, who is said to be of unsound mind. Munga Honorebel was reportedly chopped by Smith, as he sat with friends in the Jackson Town community in St Andrew. The incident left the entertainer nursing 34 stitches to his shoulder.

According to Townsend, the fact that deejay and the deceased had a previous altercation will not make the case against him any harder.

“Everyone in the community knows that the dead man was a troublemaker because he had mental issues. Furthermore, the altercation happened a while back and Mr Rhoden had looked past the incident and moved on with his life,” he said.

MungaHonorebel was first taken into police custody last Monday and released on Thursday after he was questioned in relation to the shooting incident.

The dancehall deejay has a career that dates back to almost two decades but got his break in 2005 when he teamed up with top dancehall producer Don Corleon. Among the hits are Flippin Rhymes, Ina Mi Arms, and Bad From me Born.

— Simone Morgan-Lindo

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