Ruling in Ninjaman murder trial expected this week

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Dancehall artiste Ninjaman will later this week know his fate as prosecutors yesterday began closing arguments in the murder trial for the entertainer and his two co-accused.

Ninjaman, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, along with his son Jahneil, is charged with the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson on Marl Road in Kingston. The third accused is Dennis Clayton.

The dancehall deejay, who was granted bail in 2012, was taken into custody four weeks ago after his bail was revoked by High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, who ordered the murder trial to begin immediately. The case had seen 17 trial dates and 23 mentions.

The case was recently transferred to a special court that handles cases on the books for more than five years.

Hailing from the parish of St Mary, Ninjaman came to prominence in the 1980s. He is known for songs including Artical Don, Border Clash, and Cover Me featuring Tinga Stewart.

The deejay also had a major role in the local, action movie Third World Cop in 1999.

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