Between the 1980s and 90s, Ninja has already built a name for himself in dancehall as a lyrical prowess with a gift of spitting lyrics on the spot with or without a beat. The dancehall legend claimed he is innocent, but a seven-member jury unanimously found him and the two others guilty of the murder when the trial concluded on November 20, 2017. The dancehall icon sat stoned-faced in court as the judge handed down the harsh sentencing. That branding leads him to give up dancehall for a short while to become a gospel artist using the name Brother Desmond. RELATED: Ninjaman Thinks He Was Given An Unfair Trial Like Vybz Kartel
Ninjaman is one of the most iconic names in dancehall’s history with over close to four decades as an active artist under his belt. Both the witness and the lawyer representing Clayton were in court on Monday for the sentencing. Ninjaman, his son Janiel Ballentine, and Dennis Clayton were sentenced to life in prison with hard labor. He started out as a DJ on famous sound systems like Black Culture and Killamanjaro from age 14 under the name Double Ugly. He was born in Annotto Bay, Jamaica, on January 20, 1966, but moved to Kingston as a youngster. The dancehall legend has maintained his innocence and has indicated following the trial that he will likely appeal the conviction. Ninjaman, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, will have to serve 25 years in prison before being eligible for parole. The witness told the court that Ninja also fired two shots at him but he managed to escape the gunfire and ran for his life. Ninjaman and his two co-accused were found guilty of the murder of Ricardo Johnson, aka Ricky Trooper, who cops say was gunned down on March 16, 2009, on Marl Road, Kingston 13. The men got into a domestic dispute over a kitchen space at a house on Marl Road where the main witness was the landlord. A Jamaican high court judge handed down the harsh prison sentence on Monday in the Home Circuit court in Kingston. But in the mid-1990s he came under fire for his hardcore gun lyrics and was blamed for fueling crime in Jamaica with his music. Ninjaman’s sentencing was originally set for last Friday but was delayed until Monday after a character witness and one of the defendant’s attorneys were unable to be in court. By the Mid-80s, Ninjaman found a few hits and started producing songs for himself and started working with other artists like Super Cat and Early B. He also worked with producers like Ini Kamoze, Philip “Fatis” Burrell, Steely & Clevie, Bobby Digital, and King Jammy. Ninjaman will be age 76 before he is eligible for a parole hearing which is not always guaranteed. He later changed his name to Ninjaman and started recording music in the early 1980s. In case your wondering why he received a harsher sentencing than his two co-accused, the prosecution main witness, who is now in witness protection, identified Ninjaman as the man who pulled the trigger to kill his friend Ricardo Johnson on Marl Road on that fateful day in March 2009. His son Janiel and friend Dennis Clayton were also given life imprisonment and will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

The deejay says he is innocent, but several witnesses including a man who is in witness protection, testified that he was the one who pulled the trigger. The prosecution will likely recommend life without parole for the murder, but it will be up to the judge to make the final decision on his prison term. The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, says the killing was stemmed from a fight between Dennis Clayton a friend of Johnson over kitchen space. Ninjaman, 51, reacted to the murder conviction outside of the Supreme Court building in Kingston on the day he was found guilty. Ninjaman will know his fate this Friday. According to authorities, Ninjaman shot and killed Johnson, also known as Ricky Trooper, on Marl Road, Kingston 13, in March 2009 following a domestic dispute. Several ordinary citizens whom he has helped in the past are also expected to speak in court on his behalf. The three men were convicted by a seven-member jury on November 20th in what was a stunning development that sent shock-waves throughout dancehall. Ninjaman’s attorney is asking the judge to be lenient in his sentencing while pointing to the deejay’s charitable work in his community over the years. The unnamed man who was involved in the fight says two shots were fired at him but he manages to escape and ran for his life. The Don Gorgon will be back in court on December 15th for his sentencing hearing. “Don’t f*** with me Jamaica, I’ll be back!” he said, while hinting that he will likely file an appeal. The dancehall legend, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, his son Janiel, and his close friend Dennis Clayton were found guilty of the murder of Ricardo Johnson. He will be housed at the same Tower Street prison, aka GP, as Vybz Kartel. All three men are facing life imprisonment for the murder, but Ninjman has indicated that he will likely file an appeal.

“There was a quarrel between Witness A (the main prosecution witness) and Mr. “According Witness A, Desmond Ballentine shot at him,” the DPP said. “They got into a physical fight and Mr. His friend Johnson, aka Ricky Trooper, was shot and killed. The following morning (March 17th) at around 8 o’clock, Clayton and a fourth suspect in the murder case, who is now deceased, went to the same yard where another argument developed between himself and the main witness. According to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, Ninjaman legal troubles started from a simple domestic dispute on Marl Road, Kingston 13, over kitchen space. The dancehall legend was convicted on Monday by a seven-member jury panel. The three men left and later returned with a group of men with bats and boards to confront the witness and Johnson on Lower Marl Road, according to the DPP. The victim, Ricardo Johnson, who lives a few houses down on the same street, was there to visit his friend, who is the main witness. “One of the tenants was an old lady, and she made a report to her granddaughter, who was the baby mother of Dennis Clayton, one of the accused,” DPP, Paula Llewellyn, said. The prosecution star witness, who we will not name, testified in court that the artist fired two shots after him, but he managed to escape the gunfire. Clayton,” the DPP added. Clayton and the now dead fourth suspect fled the scene while issuing threats. Clayton won the fight.   Johnson had a cutlass in his hand and was pushing against the fence to prevent the men from coming through and that’s when he was shot dead. The two men ran to the back of a house and went through a fence. Ninjaman says he is innocent of the crime and the main witness is currently in the witness protection program. Clayton said, ‘I am going to go for a gun and shoot yuh.” DPP Llewellyn noted that Dennis Clayton, one of the convicted men, visited a yard on Marl Road on March 16, 2009, where he got into a physical fight with the main witness, who was the landlord of the tenant. Mr. Later that day, Ricardo Johnson, and the main witness went to Johnson’s home and that’s when Clayton showed up in a car with Ninjaman and his son Janiel, who threatened to shoot the witness. Tweet
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Ninjaman is staring down a life sentence in prison and will likely run into the likes of Vybz Kartel who he once had a beef with. The artist, born Desmond Ballentine, his son Janiel, and Dennis Clayton were all found guilty of the killing of Ricardo Johnson, a crime that could have been easily avoided.

The man is battling a serious life threatening illness and they want to pronounce him dead before his time. The news sent some of his fans into a panic while searching for answers to their many questions. Police officers say that the three men shot and killed Johnson on Marl Rd, Kingston 11, following a dispute with Jamiel. What kind of people would want to do something like that. Tweet
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Ninja Man is alive and in good spirit despite rumors late yesterday evening that the dancehall legend passed away. 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. Dancehallhiphop.com went in search for those answers and uncovered a malicious plot by some individuals to spread false news about the artist. “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. On Tuesday afternoon, rumors surfaced online claiming that Ninja Man died in the hospital from his recent heart attack. That witness is now in the witness protection program. 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. 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. 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.

A high court judge halted the trial on Friday which eventually proceeded on Monday. Tweet
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Ninja Man will require an emergency heart surgery following his collapse in court last week Friday. If convicted, Ninja Man, born Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel, and Dennis Clayton, could be sent to prison for life. Ninja Man was brought to a local hospital by a police detail after he started complaining about chest pain and difficulty breathing. 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. She called on the judicial system to quickly wraps up the case so that the artist can go back to living a normal 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. 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. “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. The dancehall star’s attorney, Valrie Neita-Robertson, gave reporters an update on his medical condition. Ninja Man is in police custody pending the outcome of the trial. Get well soon Ninja Man

High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, transferred the case to a special court that deals with cases older than five years. The dancehall legend was rushed to the hospital on Friday after collapsing in court from a suspecting heart attack. The judge adjourns the trial until Monday, but the artist was unable to attend court. If found guilty, Ninja Man could be sent to prison for life. A foreign-based witness was set to give testimony against the artist before he fell ill. Ninja Man, real name Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are all on trial for the murder and shooting with intent. Tweet
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Ninja Man remains in the hospital but his high profile murder trial is proceeding without him. Cops say the three men shot and killed Ricardo “Trooper” Johnson on Marl Road, Kingston 11, in March 2009. “He has given permission to us to finish it without him.” Ninja Man reportedly started feeling severe chest pain and difficulty breathing while in court on Friday. “We went on with the case today (yesterday,” Neita-Robertson said. This means that he could learn the verdict while on his hospital bed. The case continued in the Supreme Court in Kingston yesterday and today. This case has seen roughly two dozens mentions and 17 trial delays since 2009. His attorney, Valrie Neita-Robertson, confirmed that he gave permission to continue the case without him. Ninja Man received bail in 2012 but was remanded in custody last month while the trial commences.

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. Tweet
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Ninja Man reportedly suffered a heart attack in court during his in camera murder trial on Friday. She said on Monday we will know when the trial will be concluded given these latest development. We will know on Monday,” Neita Robinson said. “It seems he had a mild heart attack because even his words were slurred and he was having some serious pain in his chest. 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. 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. 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 was a frightening ordeal, we thought that he was dying, but thank god he is okay now for the most part. 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. Cops say the three men shot and killed Trooper in a yard on Marl Road, Kingston 11 in March 2009. “We don’t know now [when the trial will conclude] that he has fallen ill.