Tag: Ricardo Johnson

Ninjaman Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Conviction

Ninjaman, his son Janiel Ballentine, and Dennis Clayton were sentenced to life in prison with hard labor. A Jamaican high court judge handed down the harsh prison sentence on Monday in the Home Circuit court in Kingston. Ninjaman and his two co-accused were found guilty of the murder of Ricardo Johnson, aka Ricky Trooper, who cops say was gunned down on March 16, 2009, on Marl Road, Kingston 13. The dancehall legend claimed he is innocent, but a seven-member jury unanimously found him and the two others guilty of the murder when the trial concluded on November 20, 2017. Ninjaman, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, will have to serve 25 years in prison before being eligible for parole. The dancehall icon sat stoned-faced in court as the judge handed down the harsh sentencing. His son Ja...

Ninjaman Conviction Caused By Fight Over Kitchen Space

Tweet Share Ninjaman is staring down a life sentence in prison and will likely run into the likes of Vybz Kartel who he once had a beef with. The dancehall legend was convicted on Monday by a seven-member jury panel. The artist, born Desmond Ballentine, his son Janiel, and Dennis Clayton were all found guilty of the killing of Ricardo Johnson, a crime that could have been easily avoided. According to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, Ninjaman legal troubles started from a simple domestic dispute on Marl Road, Kingston 13, over kitchen space. “One of the tenants was an old lady, and she made a report to her granddaughter, who was the baby mother of Dennis Clayton, one of the accused,” DPP, Paula Llewellyn, said. The prosecution star witness, who we will ...

Ninjaman Upbeat As He Heads To Court Ahead Of Verdict

Tweet Share Ninjaman is upbeat as he heads to court this morning ahead of the highly anticipated verdict in his murder case. The Don Gorgon has been on trial for the past three weeks for the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson, also known as Trooper, in the Kingston 13 area. A verdict was expected on Friday of last week, but that was pushed back to this week and could possibly come as early as today. The dancehall legend’s attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson, says that he is in good spirit as he awaits his fate. “He is doing pretty good as he is on medication,” she said. “His spirit is also high.” Ninjaman was hospitalized earlier this month after having a mild heart attack in court during the trial. He spent a week in the hospital before he was discharged with...

Ninjaman Murder Case Verdict Pushes Back To Monday

Tweet Share Ninjaman had to wait a little longer to know his fate after the verdict in his murder case was pushed back to Monday. On Monday (November 20), the seven-member jury will resume deliberation and is expected to return a verdict in the almost a month-long case. On Friday, the presiding judge, Justice Martin Gayle, gave his summation of the case and reviewed the evidence presented. He told the judge to only focus on the facts of the case and they should not discuss the case with anyone who is not on the jury panel. Ninjaman, real name Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel, and Dennis Clayton are all on trial for the March 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson, aka Trooper. The prosecution says that Johnson was gunned down in a yard on Marl Road, Kingston 13. One witness, who testified agains...

Ninjaman Lawyer Closes Argument Asks Jury To Free The Artist

Tweet Share 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 ...

Ninjaman Murder Case Verdict Expected Tomorrow

Tweet Share Ninjaman will likely know his fate tomorrow when a high court judge is expected to hand down a ruling in his murder trial. The dancehall legend is back behind bars after being discharged from a hospital earlier this week after having a mild heart attack. The prosecution closed their case last week Friday and the defense attorney submitted a no case submission. The trial is being held behind closed doors on camera because of the nature of the case. Ninjaman is on trial for the murder of Ricardo Johnson, known in the community as Trooper. The dancehall artist, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel, and their friend Dennis Clayton were charged with murder and shooting with intent for the March 2009 murder. One witness, who testified in the trial, said the three men...

Ninja Man Not Dead Rumors Are False and Malicious His Rep Said

Tweet Share Ninja Man is alive and in good spirit despite rumors late yesterday evening that the dancehall legend passed away. On Tuesday afternoon, rumors surfaced online claiming that Ninja Man died in the hospital from his recent heart attack. The news sent some of his fans into a panic while searching for answers to their many questions. Dancehallhiphop.com went in search for those answers and uncovered a malicious plot by some individuals to spread false news about the artist. A representative for the artist told us today that the rumors are not just false, but are malicious against the dancehall legend who is currently fighting for his life in the courts and also battling a serious illness. “There is just no truth to this bogus story, the man is alive and in good spirit despite...

Ninja Man Hospitalized, Dancehall Deejay Gravely Ill

Tweet Share Ninja Man is currently hospitalized after falling sick in jail. The dancehall legend was rushed to the hospital early Friday morning after he started complaining about feeling chest pain. He was due in court today for his ongoing murder trial in the Home Circuit Court. The trial went on despite his absence as he gets treatment for an unknown illness. Sources told Dancehall HipHop that he is in good spirit despite his illness. “The artist [Ninja Man] is in good spirit and was even joking with the police officers who escorted him to the hospital,” sources told us. “He started complaining about feeling some chest pain from last night and early this morning he was taken to the hospital as a precaution. They are currently running some tests on him to find out what&...

Ninja Man Murder Trial Update: Cop Testified

Tweet Share Dancehall legend Ninja Man highly anticipated murder trial is now underway in the Home Circuit Court. The trial is being held in camera and got off to a rocky start when a juror forced the case to adjourned earlier this week after he reportedly had difficulties attending court. A female police officer testified in court today giving evidence that implicates Ninja Man in the March 2009 gruesome murder of Ricardo Johnson also known as Trooper. According to police, Johnson and Ninja Man son, Jamiel Ballentine, had an argument and he left the scene and later return with his father Ninja Man and Dennis Clayton. Johnson was reportedly sweeping a yard when he was shot and killed by the three accusers on Marl Road, Kingston 11. Ninja Man has denied having any involvement in the murde...