Ninjaman is upbeat as he heads to court this morning ahead of the highly anticipated verdict in his murder case.
The Don Gorgon has been on trial for the past three weeks for the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson, also known as Trooper, in the Kingston 13 area. A verdict was expected on Friday of last week, but that was pushed back to this week and could possibly come as early as today. The dancehall legend’s attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson, says that he is in good spirit as he awaits his fate.
“He is doing pretty good as he is on medication,” she said. “His spirit is also high.” Ninjaman was hospitalized earlier this month after having a mild heart attack in court during the trial. He spent a week in the hospital before he was discharged with some medication. His attorney also revealed that he may require a heart surgery to fully get better.
Ninjaman, born Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel, and Dennis Clayton are facing life imprisonment if found guilty of the murder. The prosecution introduced seven witnesses in the case, including one witness who is currently in witness protection. That witness testified in court last week that the three men fired shots at him but he escaped the gunfire and ran. His friend Trooper was so lucky and was killed.
Ninjaman had to wait a little longer to know his fate after the verdict in his murder case was pushed back to Monday.
On Monday (November 20), the seven-member jury will resume deliberation and is expected to return a verdict in the almost a month-long case. On Friday, the presiding judge, Justice Martin Gayle, gave his summation of the case and reviewed the evidence presented. He told the judge to only focus on the facts of the case and they should not discuss the case with anyone who is not on the jury panel.
Ninjaman, real name Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel, and Dennis Clayton are all on trial for the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson, aka Trooper. The prosecution says that Johnson was gunned down in a yard on Marl Road, Kingston 13. One witness, who testified against the three men, told the court that he could have also been a second victim, but he managed to escape the gunfire and ran for his life. He is now placed in a witness protection program. Ninjaman had a mild heart attack in court when one overseas-based witness was giving testimony. He spent a little less than a week in the hospital and may require heart surgery.
Ninjaman and his three co-accused were on bail since 2012, but last month a judge revoked their bail and ordered them back behind bars. The case was then transferred to a special court that deals with cases over five years old. The artist says he is innocent and is anxious to get the case behind him. Ninja is an icon in dancehall and has been in the business since the 1970s. He started deejaying on sound systems from the age of fourteen. It wasn’t until the early 80s that he gain recognition as an artist in the early days of modern dancehall music.
If found guilty, the dancehall legend could be sent to prison for life.
Ninjaman will likely know his fate tomorrow when a high court judge is expected to hand down a ruling in his murder trial.
The dancehall legend is back behind bars after being discharged from a hospital earlier this week after having a mild heart attack. The prosecution closed their case last week Friday and the defense attorney submitted a no case submission. The trial is being held behind closed doors on camera because of the nature of the case.
Ninjaman is on trial for the murder of Ricardo Johnson, known in the community as Trooper. The dancehall artist, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel, and their friend Dennis Clayton were charged with murder and shooting with intent for the March 2009 murder. One witness, who testified in the trial, said the three men fired two shots after him, but he managed to escape the gunfire.
The “Kingston Town” deejay has been on bail since 2012, but last month, High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, revoked his bail and ordered him back behind bars. The case was transferred to a special court that deals with cases over five years old. Ninjaman has maintained his innocence and previously told us that he is anxious to put this case behind him.
Ninja Man is alive and in good spirit despite rumors late yesterday evening that the dancehall legend passed away.
On Tuesday afternoon, rumors surfaced online claiming that Ninja Man died in the hospital from his recent heart attack. The news sent some of his fans into a panic while searching for answers to their many questions. Dancehallhiphop.com went in search for those answers and uncovered a malicious plot by some individuals to spread false news about the artist.
A representative for the artist told us today that the rumors are not just false, but are malicious against the dancehall legend who is currently fighting for his life in the courts and also battling a serious illness. “There is just no truth to this bogus story, the man is alive and in good spirit despite what he is currently facing,” a rep for the artist told us. “These reports are just plain malicious against someone who is fighting for their life in an unjust criminal justice system. The man is battling a serious life threatening illness and they want to pronounce him dead before his time. What kind of people would want to do something like that. This is upsetting and people should stop it.”
Ninja Man is expected to learn his fate sometime this week and if found guilty he could be sent to prison for the rest of his life. The deejay, born Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and their friend Dennis Clayton, are all on trial for murder and shooting with intent for the killing of Ricardo Johnson in March 2009. Police officers say that the three men shot and killed Johnson on Marl Rd, Kingston 11, following a dispute with Jamiel.
One prosecution witness testified in court saying that the three men fired two shots at him but he ran for his life, but his friend Ricardo wasn’t so lucky. That witness is now in the witness protection program.
Ninja Man was released from the hospital a few days ago and is now back in police custody.
The dancehall legend was absent from his high profile murder trial for about a week following an hospitalization about a week and a half ago. His attorney said that he suffered a mild heart attack in court and was rushed to a local hospital where he was admitted and may need to undergo heart surgery. While he was in the hospital, high court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, rule that the murder trial must proceed because he has a case to answer to.
The crown closed its case against the artist on Friday and Ninja Man then gave an unworn testimony. This means that the trial could be wrapped up within the next week when the three co-accused will know their fate. Ninja Man, born Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are charged with the murder of Ricardo Johnson, known in the Kingston 11 community as Ricky Trooper. Cops say he was gunned down in March 2009 on Marl Road, Kingston 11, by the three men who were also charged with shooting with intent.
The prosecution introduced seven witnesses in the trial including an overseas based witness and three civilians. Ninja’s defense attorney responded with a no case submission.
Ninja Man and his co-accused have maintained their innocence.
Ninja Man will require an emergency heart surgery following his collapse in court last week Friday.
Sources told Dancehall HipHop that the dancehall icon suffered a mild heart attack in the Supreme Court on Friday morning while his murder trial was underway. A high court judge halted the trial on Friday which eventually proceeded on Monday. Ninja Man was brought to a local hospital by a police detail after he started complaining about chest pain and difficulty breathing.
The dancehall star’s attorney, Valrie Neita-Robertson, gave reporters an update on his medical condition. “We have the medical, Ninjaman has a serious heart condition, and he will have to have an operation which will require a recovery period of three to four months,” Neita-Robertson said. “So we want to finish this case as quickly as possible because Ninjaman cannot go under any stress right now and has to remain as calm as possible.”
Neita-Robertson added that Ninja Man heart issues is caused by stress from his murder case. She called on the judicial system to quickly wraps up the case so that the artist can go back to living a normal life. If convicted, Ninja Man, born Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel, and Dennis Clayton, could be sent to prison for life. The three men are on trial for the murder of Ricardo “Trooper” Johnson who was shot and killed on Marl Road, Kingston 11, in March 2009.
Cops say a number of eye witnesses identified the accused men of the killing, but they are maintaining their innocence. Ninja Man is in police custody pending the outcome of the trial. Last month a judge revoked his bail and ordered him back behind bars while the case was transferred to a special case which deals with cases over five years old. Get well soon Ninja Man
Ninja Man reportedly suffered a heart attack in court during his in camera murder trial on Friday.
The dancehall legend is currently on trial for a decade old murder case, but on Friday morning a judge was forced to adjourned the trial after the deejay got sick inside the courtroom. Sources close to the artist told Dancehall HipHop that Ninja Man likely suffered a heart attack in court and was struggling to breath.
“He requested to be taken to his private doctor but then his doctor send him to the emergency room,” sources told us. “It seems he had a mild heart attack because even his words were slurred and he was having some serious pain in his chest. It was a frightening ordeal, we thought that he was dying, but thank god he is okay now for the most part. The judge should give him bail while he is on trial, its crazy how they treating him.”
Ninja Man’s attorney, Valrie Neita Robinson, also confirmed that the deejay fell ill in court and was rushed to get medical attention. She said on Monday we will know when the trial will be concluded given these latest development. “We don’t know now [when the trial will conclude] that he has fallen ill. We will know on Monday,” Neita Robinson said.
Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man name Dennis Clayton, are charged with the murder of Ricardo “Trooper” Johnson. Cops say the three men shot and killed Trooper in a yard on Marl Road, Kingston 11 in March 2009. An overseas based witness was scheduled to give testimony for the murder trial when Ninja Man started complaining about chest pain and inability to breathe.
Ninja Man is currently hospitalized after falling sick in jail.
The dancehall legend was rushed to the hospital early Friday morning after he started complaining about feeling chest pain. He was due in court today for his ongoing murder trial in the Home Circuit Court. The trial went on despite his absence as he gets treatment for an unknown illness. Sources told Dancehall HipHop that he is in good spirit despite his illness.
“The artist [Ninja Man] is in good spirit and was even joking with the police officers who escorted him to the hospital,” sources told us. “He started complaining about feeling some chest pain from last night and early this morning he was taken to the hospital as a precaution. They are currently running some tests on him to find out what’s wrong.”
Other sources told us that his illness is serious enough for doctors to admit him under close observation. Ninja Man is currently fighting for his life in the courts after a judge ordered him to stand trial for a near decade-old murder charge. The dancehall icon, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are on trial for the murder of Ricardo Johnson, aka Trooper, who was shot and killed in Kingston 11 in March 2009.
The highly publicised trial has seen 17 trial delays and 23 mentions over the past 8 years until a judge finally had enough and ordered the trial to get underway. Ninja Man was also remanded in custody pending the outcome of the case. He faces life imprisonment if convicted of the murder.
Ninja Man is currently in the hospital under strict observation after falling ill in court this morning.
The dancehall icon’s attorney, Valrie Neita-Robertson, told reporters that the trial was adjourned after he started complaining about severe chest pain and difficulty breathing. He was escorted by a police detail to a local hospital in Kingston where he was admitted. Sources told Dancehall HipHop that his condition is stable but doctors are treating it as serious due to his celebrity status and the severity of his pain.
Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are on trial for the murder of Ricardo Johnson, aka Trooper. The murder trial is being held on camera in the Home Circuit Court and the judge adjourned the trial a short time of the artist fell ill.
According to the police report, Ninja Man and his two co-accused shot and killed Johnson in a yard on Marl Road, Kingston 11, in March 2009. The shooting took place shortly after the dancehall deejay’s son Jamiel and the victim had an argument. The three men are also charged with shooting with intent. Ninja Man faces life imprisonment if found guilty of the charge.