Ninjaman and co-accused have a case to answer, trial judge rules

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Ninjaman dancehall deejay, Desmond Ballentine, popularly known as ‘Ninjaman’, and two co-accused have a case of murder to answer, based on the ruling of a Supreme Court judge on Friday.


The ruling came from Justice Martin Gayle in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston, where the in-camera trial has been on for some time.


The ruling followed the closing of the prosecution’s case, which involved testimony from some seven witnesses, including three civilians.

During the trial, Ninjaman fell ill and was hospitalised, reportedly with a heart ailment, for which he is said to be in need of surgery.

The allegations against him, along with his son, Janeil, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are that they collectively engaged in the fatal shooting of Ricardo Johnson, also known as ‘Ricky Trooper’, in the Marl Road area of St Andrew in 2009.

Reports are that Clayton’s attorney made a no-case submission on behalf of his client, but the lawyers for Ninjaman and his son did not take that route.

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