Ninja Man’s Sentencing Postponed


The sentencing of dancehall artiste, Ninja Man, has been postponed to next week Monday.

Ninja Man was to be sentenced with his two co-accused— his son, Janiel Ballentine and Dennis Clayton.

However, hours of waiting led to the postponement.

The court was told that one of the attorneys, Gladstone Wilson, was tied up in another matter in St. Catherine.

Ninja Man’s attorney, Valerie Neita-Robertson, who indicated she has two character witnesses told the court one of them had an appointment, so had to leave.

The character witnesses too did not anticipate the lengthy delay.

The third attorney also had an appointment.

Under the circumstances, Presiding Justice Martin Gayle rescheduled the matter.

Ninja Man was to be sentenced today for murder and shooting with intent.

The artiste whose given name is Desmond Ballentine was taken into custody in 2009 after a man, Ricardo Johnson, otherwise known as Ricky Trooper, was shot and killed in Olympic Gardens.

Investigators alleged that on March 16 of that year – the dancehall deejay was travelling in a 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.