Sources close to the incarcerated deejay told us that his attorneys became worried that Ninjaman’s highly publicized trial could have some impact on the outcome of his appeal case. The Don Gorgon will have to serve 25 years before being eligible for parole while the Worl’Boss will have to serve 35 years. In the middle of Ninjaman’s trial, Vybz Kartel upcoming appeal was pushed back from February to July of next year and now we are learning the reasons behind the delay is because of Ninjaman’s trial. Dancehallhiphop.com reported last month that Kartel attorneys requested more time to prepare for the case and it was granted. “Maybe they thought that Ninjaman conviction could sway the judges in some way shape or form so it was a smart move to have the trial push back further down the road,” sources said. Ninjaman murder conviction could affect Vybz Kartel appeal. But just how much could a trial involving another dancehall deejay affect Kartel’s appeal? That makes it much more difficult for the appeal court judges to approve an appeal.”
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Ninjaman, real name Desmond Ballentine, has indicated that he is considering appealing his conviction, but our legal sources told us that his case was a slam dunk for the prosecution which makes it much harder for him to even get a green light from the appeal court. The dancehall legend was convicted of murder on November 20, 2017, and was sentenced to life in prison for the crime. “Unlike Kartel’s case which had a lot of things wrong with it, Ninja’s case was a slam dunk for the prosecutor who had solid witnesses in that case.

The artist says he is innocent and is anxious to get the case behind him. If found guilty, the dancehall legend could be sent to prison for life. Ninjaman had a mild heart attack in court when one overseas-based witness was giving testimony. The case was then transferred to a special court that deals with cases over five years old. On Friday, the presiding judge, Justice Martin Gayle, gave his summation of the case and reviewed the evidence presented. 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. Ninja is an icon in dancehall and has been in the business since the 1970s.   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. Tweet
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Ninjaman had to wait a little longer to know his fate after the verdict in his murder case was pushed back to Monday. 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. He started deejaying on sound systems from the age of fourteen. The prosecution says that Johnson was gunned down in a yard on Marl Road, Kingston 13. He is now placed in a witness protection program. It wasn’t until the early 80s that he gain recognition as an artist in the early days of modern dancehall music. He spent a little less than a week in the hospital and may require heart surgery. 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.

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.

The prosecution introduced seven witnesses in the trial including an overseas based witness and three civilians. 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. Ninja’s defense attorney responded with a no case submission. 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. Ninja Man and his co-accused have maintained their innocence. The crown closed its case against the artist on Friday and Ninja Man then gave an unworn testimony. Tweet
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Ninja Man was released from the hospital a few days ago and is now back in police custody. 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. 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. This means that the trial could be wrapped up within the next week when the three co-accused will know their fate. 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.

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.