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Dancehall artiste Quada will face the court on January 12 to answer charges of murder and arson after his case was rescheduled because a document in relation to his charge was still outstanding. He appeared in relation to the case yesterday, November 23 in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way-Tree yesterday.
His attorney-at-law Bianca Samuels spoke with The Jamaica Observer about the latest developments.
She said that the postponement came as a surprise because her team was previously told that everything was ready. Samuels added, “The matter is on the mention list for the document to be produced and disclosed to us.”
She also said that it has been a very difficult time for Quada because he is very anxious to prove his innocence. He also wants to have the matter proceed. “He is frustrated that the process is taking so long, especially when we were told the matter was making some headway today,” she continued.
Quada, whose real name is Shacquelle Clarke, was arrested and charged for murder and arson at the beginning of this year, January 15. His bail was set at JMD $500,000 on January 17. According to reports he is charged with the murder of 30-year-old Miguel Williams Sterling Castle Heights, St Andrew, on April 17, 2019.
Early information that came out of the matter indicated that an angry mob forced its way into Williams’s house and after beating him, placed tyres around his body before lighting his body on fire in his home. Reports further stated that he was burnt beyond recognition. The mob is believed to have been motivated after suspecting that Williams’ had something to do with the murder of eight-year-old Shantae Skyers.
Soon after he posted bail Quada released a track called “Pain.” In that song, he stated that he doesn’t want to go to jail because of the people around him who can’t seem to stop being violent and added: ““me nah wah go a jail, me nah wah take your life.”
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.
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.