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





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 what he is currently facing,” a rep for the artist told us. “These reports are just plain malicious against someone who is fighting for their life in an unjust criminal justice system. The man is battling a serious life threatening illness and they want to pronounce him dead before his time. What kind of people would want to do something like that. This is upsetting and people should stop it.”

Ninja Man is expected to learn his fate sometime this week and if found guilty he could be sent to prison for the rest of his life. The deejay, born Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and their friend Dennis Clayton, are all on trial for murder and shooting with intent for the killing of Ricardo Johnson in March 2009. Police officers say that the three men shot and killed Johnson on Marl Rd, Kingston 11, following a dispute with Jamiel.

One prosecution witness testified in court saying that the three men fired two shots at him but he ran for his life, but his friend Ricardo wasn’t so lucky. That witness is now in the witness protection program.




Ninja Man Released From Hospital Judge Rule Case Must Move Forward





Ninja Man was released from the hospital a few days ago and is now back in police custody.

The dancehall legend was absent from his high profile murder trial for about a week following an hospitalization about a week and a half ago. His attorney said that he suffered a mild heart attack in court and was rushed to a local hospital where he was admitted and may need to undergo heart surgery. While he was in the hospital, high court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, rule that the murder trial must proceed because he has a case to answer to.

The crown closed its case against the artist on Friday and Ninja Man then gave an unworn testimony. This means that the trial could be wrapped up within the next week when the three co-accused will know their fate. Ninja Man, born Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are charged with the murder of Ricardo Johnson, known in the Kingston 11 community as Ricky Trooper. Cops say he was gunned down in March 2009 on Marl Road, Kingston 11, by the three men who were also charged with shooting with intent.

The prosecution introduced seven witnesses in the trial including an overseas based witness and three civilians. Ninja’s defense attorney responded with a no case submission.

Ninja Man and his co-accused have maintained their innocence.


Ninja Man Requires An Emergency Heart Surgery



Ninja Man will require an emergency heart surgery following his collapse in court last week Friday.

Sources told Dancehall HipHop that the dancehall icon suffered a mild heart attack in the Supreme Court on Friday morning while his murder trial was underway. A high court judge halted the trial on Friday which eventually proceeded on Monday. Ninja Man was brought to a local hospital by a police detail after he started complaining about chest pain and difficulty breathing.

The dancehall star’s attorney, Valrie Neita-Robertson, gave reporters an update on his medical condition. “We have the medical, Ninjaman has a serious heart condition, and he will have to have an operation which will require a recovery period of three to four months,” Neita-Robertson said. “So we want to finish this case as quickly as possible because Ninjaman cannot go under any stress right now and has to remain as calm as possible.”

Neita-Robertson added that Ninja Man heart issues is caused by stress from his murder case. She called on the judicial system to quickly wraps up the case so that the artist can go back to living a normal life. If convicted, Ninja Man, born Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel, and Dennis Clayton, could be sent to prison for life. The three men are on trial for the murder of Ricardo “Trooper” Johnson who was shot and killed on Marl Road, Kingston 11, in March 2009.

Cops say a number of eye witnesses identified the accused men of the killing, but they are maintaining their innocence. Ninja Man is in police custody pending the outcome of the trial. Last month a judge revoked his bail and ordered him back behind bars while the case was transferred to a special case which deals with cases over five years old. Get well soon Ninja Man


Ninja Man Remains Hospitalize Murder Trial Continues



Ninja Man remains in the hospital but his high profile murder trial is proceeding without him.

The dancehall legend was rushed to the hospital on Friday after collapsing in court from a suspecting heart attack. The judge adjourns the trial until Monday, but the artist was unable to attend court. His attorney, Valrie Neita-Robertson, confirmed that he gave permission to continue the case without him. This means that he could learn the verdict while on his hospital bed.

“We went on with the case today (yesterday,” Neita-Robertson said. “He has given permission to us to finish it without him.” Ninja Man reportedly started feeling severe chest pain and difficulty breathing while in court on Friday. A foreign-based witness was set to give testimony against the artist before he fell ill. The case continued in the Supreme Court in Kingston yesterday and today.

Ninja Man, real name Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are all on trial for the murder and shooting with intent. Cops say the three men shot and killed Ricardo “Trooper” Johnson on Marl Road, Kingston 11, in March 2009. Ninja Man received bail in 2012 but was remanded in custody last month while the trial commences. High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, transferred the case to a special court that deals with cases older than five years. This case has seen roughly two dozens mentions and 17 trial delays since 2009.

If found guilty, Ninja Man could be sent to prison for life.


Ninja Man Had a Heart Attack In Court Halts Murder Trial



Ninja Man reportedly suffered a heart attack in court during his in camera murder trial on Friday.

The dancehall legend is currently on trial for a decade old murder case, but on Friday morning a judge was forced to adjourned the trial after the deejay got sick inside the courtroom. Sources close to the artist told Dancehall HipHop that Ninja Man likely suffered a heart attack in court and was struggling to breath.

“He requested to be taken to his private doctor but then his doctor send him to the emergency room,” sources told us. “It seems he had a mild heart attack because even his words were slurred and he was having some serious pain in his chest. It was a frightening ordeal, we thought that he was dying, but thank god he is okay now for the most part. The judge should give him bail while he is on trial, its crazy how they treating him.”

Ninja Man’s attorney, Valrie Neita Robinson, also confirmed that the deejay fell ill in court and was rushed to get medical attention. She said on Monday we will know when the trial will be concluded given these latest development. “We don’t know now [when the trial will conclude] that he has fallen ill. We will know on Monday,” Neita Robinson said.

Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man name Dennis Clayton, are charged with the murder of Ricardo “Trooper” Johnson. Cops say the three men shot and killed Trooper in a yard on Marl Road, Kingston 11 in March 2009. An overseas based witness was scheduled to give testimony for the murder trial when Ninja Man started complaining about chest pain and inability to breathe.


Ninja Man Hospitalized, Dancehall Deejay Gravely Ill



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’s wrong.”

Other sources told us that his illness is serious enough for doctors to admit him under close observation. Ninja Man is currently fighting for his life in the courts after a judge ordered him to stand trial for a near decade-old murder charge. The dancehall icon, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are on trial for the murder of Ricardo Johnson, aka Trooper, who was shot and killed in Kingston 11 in March 2009.

The highly publicised trial has seen 17 trial delays and 23 mentions over the past 8 years until a judge finally had enough and ordered the trial to get underway. Ninja Man was also remanded in custody pending the outcome of the case. He faces life imprisonment if convicted of the murder.


Ninja Man Murder Trial Adjourn Due To Deejay’s Chest Pain



Ninja Man is currently in the hospital under strict observation after falling ill in court this morning.

The dancehall icon’s attorney, Valrie Neita-Robertson, told reporters that the trial was adjourned after he started complaining about severe chest pain and difficulty breathing. He was escorted by a police detail to a local hospital in Kingston where he was admitted. Sources told Dancehall HipHop that his condition is stable but doctors are treating it as serious due to his celebrity status and the severity of his pain.

Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are on trial for the murder of Ricardo Johnson, aka Trooper. The murder trial is being held on camera in the Home Circuit Court and the judge adjourned the trial a short time of the artist fell ill.

According to the police report, Ninja Man and his two co-accused shot and killed Johnson in a yard on Marl Road, Kingston 11, in March 2009. The shooting took place shortly after the dancehall deejay’s son Jamiel and the victim had an argument. The three men are also charged with shooting with intent. Ninja Man faces life imprisonment if found guilty of the charge.


Ninja Man Murder Trial Update: Cop Testified



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 murder.

The female police officer who testified told the court that she collected statements from a number of witnesses to the murder. Ninja Man is currently behind bars pending the outcome of the trial. Ninja Man and his two co-accused were on bail, but a judge ordered them to be put behind bars last month and that the trial be given priority.


Munga Positive He Can Beat Murder Charge



Munga Honorable is among a handful of dancehall artists either serving time for murder or on pending murder charges.

Earlier this month, Ninja Man was arrested pending a long awaited trial for a 2009 murder case. His case has been delayed at least a dozen times and now a judge finally decided to drop the hammer for the case to proceed in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston. Munga Honorable was arrested and charge with murder in May of this year following the shooting death of a man who attacked and chopped him a few years ago.

The Gangsta Rass deejay says that he is innocent of the charges and want his name to be cleared as quickly as possible. “It is a moment inna mi life mi woulda waan pass quickly and mi figet bout it,” he said. “But I feel positive and I’m looking and moving in that positive direction in every way.” Munga added that his children and parents were the first persons he thought about when he was taken into custody in May. “How my children and parents might have felt … because that (family and the love of his mother and grandmother) is the basis of my life.”

Munga was charged for the murder of Cleveland Smith who was gunned down in Ackee Walk, St Andrew in May. Smith is the same man that attacked and chopped the artist several times back in 2015.


Dancehall Icon Ninja Man Arrested Murder Case Moves Forward



Ninja Man is currently in jail as his decade old murder case is set to commence in the Home Circuit Court .

The dancehall icon was remanded in custody yesterday after his attorney file court documents for a stay of proceedings. High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, denied the application and ordered the artist to be jailed and the trial to commence. An official trial date is not yet set, but the deejay is still behind bars up to the time of this publication.

Ninja Man murder case has been going on since 2009, long before Vybz Kartel murder case, which was concluded in 2014. The Gorgon’s case has since seen 17 dates being pushed back and a total of 23 court hearings. Last year, Ninja Man posted a video on social media ranting about the drawn out case while blasting the Jamaican justice system.

A rep for the deejay says that he is not happy to be behind bars, but he is happy that the case is being brought forward so that he can put it behind him. Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, and his son Janiel Ballentine, were arrested in 2009 and charged with murder for the killing 20-year-old Ricardo ‘Ricky Trooper’ Johnson. Cops say Ninja Man shot and killed Johnson following a dispute with his son on Mall Road, St Andrew.

Back in 2012, Ninja and his son were remanded in custody over said trial but the case was again postponed.


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