Ninjaman Sentencing Set For Friday Deejay Faces Life In Prison For Murder

Ninjaman will know his fate this Friday.

The Don Gorgon will be back in court on December 15th for his sentencing hearing. 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. 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. All three men are facing life imprisonment for the murder, but Ninjman has indicated that he will likely file an appeal.

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. Several ordinary citizens whom he has helped in the past are also expected to speak in court on his behalf. 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. He will be housed at the same Tower Street prison, aka GP, as Vybz Kartel.

Ninjaman, 51, reacted to the murder conviction outside of the Supreme Court building in Kingston on the day he was found guilty. “Don’t f*** with me Jamaica, I’ll be back!” he said, while hinting that he will likely file an appeal. 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. 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 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. 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.

Ninjaman Thinks He Was Given An Unfair Trial Like Vybz Kartel

Ninjaman feels he was given a unfair trial in Jamaica’s High Court just like Vybz Kartel‘s infamous 2014 trial.

The dancehall legend was convicted for murder On November 20th in the Home Circuit court after prosecution introduced seven witnesses who testified against the deejay. But the artist is arguing that the justice system failed him because he did not commit the murder. Ninjaman’s brother, Gonzellio Ballentine, believes his brother was convicted base on a perception that he is a murderer.

“They convicted him base on his image as a bad man and as a hardcore dancehall artist who deejays gun lyrics,” Ballentine said. “That doesn’t mean that you’re a murderer or a killer, not because you do music about badness means that you’re guilty of a crime. The whole trial was bias against him from the start and they have this case over him head for eight years and now they want to send him to prison for the rest of his life.”

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Some close friends of the “Kingston Town” deejay are making the same arguments with one of his close friends, who requested anonymity, telling us that they made an example out of him. “Right now the government used Ninja as an example because crime and corruption is out of control and they want to use him to send a message,” he said. “They used him because he is a powerful figure in the society just like how they used Vybz Kartel to send a message and send him to prison for life. This is not fair to these artists because that is like ending their lives.”

Ninjaman is facing a life sentence for the murder conviction. According to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, the artists murder case stemmed from a fight over kitchen space at a house on Marl Road, Kingston 13, in March 2009. Ninjaman, real name Desmond Ballentine, his son Janiel, and Dennis Clayton were convicted for the killing of Ricardo Johnson, known in the community as Ricky Trooper.

Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for a murder conviction. Kartel, his protege Shawn “Storm” Campbell, and his friends Andre St John and Kahira Jones, were convicted for the killing of Clive “Lizard” Williams. Police never found Williams body.

Ninjaman Lawyer Closes Argument Asks Jury To Free The Artist


Ninjaman attorney closes her argument in the Home Circuit Court on Thursday asking the jury to set the artist free.

The dancehall legend, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel, and Dennis Clayton will likely know their fate today. The jury is currently in deliberation since yesterday evening. The three men are charged with the murder of Ricardo Johnson, more popularly known as Ricky Trooper in the Kingston 13 area. The prosecution argued that they killed Trooper in cold blood over a simple domestic dispute in March 2009.

Ninjaman has maintained his innocence saying he had nothing to do with the murder. Prosecutor introduced seven witnesses who testified against the deejay once including a man who is in the witness protection program. He testified that the three men fired two shots at him but he managed to escape and ran. The prosecution asks the jury to return a guilty verdict to give the victim and his family justice.

Ninjaman and his two co-accused gave unsworn testimony in court. The judge gave his summation of the trial and gave the jury instructions on their deliberation.

If found guilty, the three men could be sent to prison for life for the murder. Ninja says that he is anxious to put the case behind him and return to his regular life.

Ninja Man Released From Hospital Judge Rule Case Must Move Forward


Ninja Man was released from the hospital a few days ago and is now back in police custody.

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. 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. 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.

The crown closed its case against the artist on Friday and Ninja Man then gave an unworn testimony. This means that the trial could be wrapped up within the next week when the three co-accused will know their fate. 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. 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.

The prosecution introduced seven witnesses in the trial including an overseas based witness and three civilians. Ninja’s defense attorney responded with a no case submission.

Ninja Man and his co-accused have maintained their innocence.