Sunday 29 March, 2020

Ninjaman still at medical facility, court appearance Monday in doubt



The murder trial of dancehall entertainer  Ninjaman is expected to resume Monday but the deejay may not be present given his current medical condition.

The artiste apparently spent the weekend running a battery of tests to determine the cause of his chest pains and breathing difficulties which interrupted his trial last Friday.

“Ninjaman is still in a medical facility in Kingston. On Friday, he was transported to a private doctor who examined him and recommended that he be admitted to a medical facility for some tests to be conducted. He was never admitted to the KPH because two officers for the court were with him and could not be expected to spend several hours at KPH so he went to a private doctor instead. Ninjaman’s  condition is serious,” Valerie Neita-Robertson, Ninjaman's attorney, told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills on Monday morning.

The high-profile attorney-at-law said the session, which was held in camera at the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston, went up until noon.

“He wanted me to go,” said Neita-Robertson.

She said she will, however, have to wait to find out if the case will resume.

Ninjaman, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, along with his son Jahneil, is charged with the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson on Marl Road in Kingston. He was granted bail in 2012.

The dancehall deejay was taken into custody two weeks ago after his bail was revoked by High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, who ordered the murder trial to begin immediately.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.

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