❒ Murder, illegal possession of firearm among them
Dancehall deejay Desmond 'Ninja Man' Ballentine was yesterday charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm following a shooting incident on Tuesday.
The deejay was yesterday charged after an interview with detectives from the Major Investigation Task Force. Head of the Major Investigation Task force (MIT), Assistant Commissioner Les Green, confirmed the charges and added that the case might be mentioned in court as early as next Friday. Ninja Man is now being held in custody.
Ninja Man was wanted for questioning about the murder of 20-year-old Ricardo Johnson on Tuesday. The Hunts Bay police conducted an interview on Thursday before MIT detectives met with Ninja Man yesterday.
Police reports stated that about 11:15 a.m. on that day, Johnson was sweeping his yard in the company of a friend in the Marl Road area of Kingston when a grey motor car with three men aboard drove up.
An argument reportedly developed between one of the men and Johnson's friend before the vehicle left. The car later returned and the occupants opened fire, hitting Johnson, who later died at hospital.