Popular dancehall entertainer Ninja Man and his two co-accused have been found guilty of murder and shooting with intent.
Ninja Man and his co-accused were convicted this afternoon after the jury of four men and three women deliberated for approximately three and a half hours.
Ninja Man, his son Janeil Ballentine, and a man identified as Dennis Clayton, were convicted this afternoon in the Gun Court in Downtown Kingston.
The 7 member jury began deliberating at 1:00 this afternoon.
At just before 4:30 they returned a guilty verdict.
The verdict has shocked fans of the entertainer and sections of the dancehall fraternity.
The Deejay commented “a su it go man” – while he, his son and Clayton were led away in hand cuffs by Police personnel.
Ninja Man was taken into custody in 2009 after a man, Ricardo Johnson, otherwise known as Ricky Troopper, was shot and killed in Olympic Gardens.
Investigators alleged that on March 16 of that year – the dancehall deejay was travelling in a motor car in Olympic Gardens when he opened gunfire on a man.
The bullets missed the target and hit Johnson who was leaning on a fence.
Mr. Johnson was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The 51-year old self-styled ‘Don Gorgon’ had been out on bail.
However, he was taken back into custody on October 17 when his trial began in the Home Circuit Court in Downtown Kingston.
Even during his legal troubles – Ninja has been active on the national scene.
In January this year he was called upon by the Jamaica Constabulary Force to give what was described as a motivational talk to Police personnel.
Ninja Man, who’s given name is Desmond Ballentine, is considered to be one of dancehall music’s finest lyrical sons.
He burst onto the scene several decades ago and is known for songs including, My Weapon, Test Di High Power, Permit fi Bury, Dweet and Murder Dem.
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