Entertainment

Ninja behind bars

BY SIMONE
MORGAN-LINDO
Observer reporter
morgans@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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UP to press time last night, dancehall artiste Ninjaman was still behind bars at Central Police Station in Kingston.

The embattled entertainer was remanded after High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, ordered that the murder trial involving the popular entertainer commence.

The order was made yesterday following an application by the entertainer's attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson for a stay of proceedings in the near-decade-long case, which has featured 17 trial dates and 23 mentions.

Several efforts made to contact Neita-Robertson were unsuccessful.

A source close to case, however, said the entertainer is relieved the trial has begun, but not pleased with being remanded.

“Ninja glad seh di trial finally start, because a long time dis case a linger over him head. Dem say dem have to remand him 'cause a nuff time defendant run weh after dem case start. But Ninja nah run go no where,” said the source, who requested anonymity.

Ninjaman (given name Desmond Ballentine), along with his son Jahneil, is charged with the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson on Marl Road in Kingston. He was granted bail in 2012.

The case was transferred to a recently established special court designed to deal with cases on the books for more than five years.

The trial is expected to continue today.

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