Ninja Man murder trial delayed because of lack of courtroom, judge

May 08, 2017
Ninja Man

Ninja Man's murder trial has been stalled again. The dancehall deejay, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, is jointly charged with his son Janiel and another man, Dennis Clayton, for the killing of Ricardo Johnson, popularly know as Trooper, in March 2009.

A fourth accused, Seymour Samuels, has since died.

The trial was set for priority today, but was postponed because there was no judge or courtroom available at the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

"My client is suffering irreparable damage ... We are talking about a fair trial," the entertainer's attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson, said.

"This is the sixth time it is being set as priority ...," Neita Robertson lamented.

Neita Robertson

Ninja Man was arrested in 2009 and remained in custody for three years before he was offered bail.

"It is time the court takes a position on matters like this. There is something called a fair trial," Neita Roberston underscored.

The trial has now been pushed back to October 2.

Ninja Man's arrest followed an incident that allegedly took place on Marl Road in Olympic Gardens, St. Andrew. 

It’s alleged that Johnson was sweeping his yard in the company of a friend when a motorcar with three men aboard drove up in March 2009.

An argument developed between Johnson's friend and the men.

The men later drove off, but reportedly returned later and shot and killed Johnson.

Ninja Man turned himself in to the police after they listed him as a person of interest, while his son and the other accused were held during a police operation in St Ann.