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Ninja Man set for April 2015 trial date in murder case

Ninja ManThe ongoing murder case involving legendary deejay, Ninja Man has been put off again, with the entertainer now set to stand trial next April.

The case, which stems from an alleged incident in March 2009, was heard in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston Monday morning. Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballantine, is jointly charged along with his son, Janiel Ballantine and two other men for the shooting death of Richard Johnson in the Mall Road area of Kingston on March 16 of that year.

A date of April 13,2015 was set for the trial’s commencement.

Having been before the courts for over five years, Queen’s Counsel, K.D. Knight applied to have the matter adjourned this past April on the grounds that Ninja Man’s constitutional rights have been violated due to the length of time it has taken to try the case. However, said application was refused by the presiding judge, Justice Lloyd Hibbert, saying that the Home Circuit Court was not proper forum to for an application seeking constitutional redress to be heard.

Ninja Man has been on bail since March 2012.

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Ninja Man handed November date for murder trial

Ninja Man 2014After Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel was convicted of murder and subsequently sentenced to life in prison, another legend of the genre will have to wait several more months before his long-awaited murder trial is finally set in motion.On Monday, Desmond Ballentine, more popularly known as Ninja Man appeared in a Kingston court where he was scheduled to kick off the trial. However, the deejay, through his attorney, K.D. Knight, issued an application to have the case thrown out.

Knight argued that the case against Ninja Man and two co-accused should be dismissed given a breach of the constitutional rights, considering the length of time the case has yet to be tried. That application was soon rejected by the presiding judge, who then issued a November 10 date for the commencement of the trial.

Monday’s court proceedings took place just over five years after the fatal shooting of Richard Johnson in March 2009. The deejay was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in relation to the incident. Ninja Man’s son, Janiel Ballentine and another man, Dennis Clayton were jointly charged in the incident.

The trial has endured several delays since then, though Ninja Man has been on bail since March 2012 and has since revived his nearly three-decade-long career after joining forces with Downsound Records.

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