Monday 15 October, 2018

Ninjaman in 'high spirits' ahead of murder trial verdict



Embattled dancehall artiste Ninjaman is expected in court Monday to face the jury which may hand in its verdict in the deejay's highly publicised murder trial. 

Ninjaman's attorney Valerie Neita Robertson confirmed that the trial could end Monday but she did not go for bombast or smarmy self-confidence as the month-long trial heads to its conclusion. In fact, she refused to even predict an outcome. 

"Ninjaman is in high spirits, he is on medication and he will be in court today," she told Loop reporter Claude Mills on Monday morning.

The 'medication' reference is in relation to a recently diagnosed heart condition of her client, who fell ill almost two weeks ago while complaining of chest pains. 

The deejay, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, is on trial for the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson also known as 'Trooper' of Marl Road in Kingston. He had been granted bail years ago but was taken into custody over a month ago after his bail was revoked by High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, who ordered the murder trial to begin immediately. The case had seen 17 trial dates and 23 mentions.

The deejay, who is jointly charged with his son Jahneil, has maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings despite damning testimony.