Additionally, he thinks that his murder conviction was the authority’s way of sending a message amidst the rapid rise in crime rate across the island. “The worst case scenario is they both spend the rest of their lives in prison.”
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Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was sentenced to prison for life for murdering his friend Clive “Lizard” Williams. Ninja’s lawyer, Valerie Neita-Robertson is also one of the lawyers on Vybz Kartel’s case. Remember these two cases made headlines around the world, so think about how bad they will look if both of them walk free on appeal.”
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Vybz Kartel’s attorneys were the ones who asked the appeal court judge for more time to prepare for the case. In contract, Ninjaman, real name Desmond Ballentine, will have to serve 25 years before getting a parole hearing. “Being that they are two high profile artists, the system will want to keep them locked up to send a message,” sources said. “Was that fair for him, of course not. The government will not want to look bad on the world stage. We’re told that Ninjaman trial also played a role in that decision, the lawyers felt like that case was too close to the appeal trial and would be too fresh in the judges minds. His protege Shawn Storm, and friends Kahira Jones and Andre St John were also convicted and sent to prison for life. It’s like getting convicted even before the trial started.”
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Now that Ninjaman and his attorney are weighing his appeal options, one of the things that they discussed is Vybz Kartel upcoming appeal trial which is set for July this year after being pushed by from February. The aced dancehall star will have to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole. The lawyers know that they will have to present a near-perfect case and even then, they still have an uphill battle to prove Vybz Kartel’s innocence. “Although both cases are totally different, the fact that they’re two big-name entertainers, the system will treat them different, they will have a tougher trial because of the added press around their cases. Ninjaman is weighing his options to appeal but seems its heavily dependent on the outcome of Vybz Kartel appeal. Sources told Urban Islandz that Ninjaman felt like he was never given a fair trial and the prosecution used a witness who he feels wasn’t credible. “They set an example out of him purely because he is a famous entertainer, it was almost like they used his old sins against him,” a rep for Ninjaman told us. By then both artists will be in their 70s. The dancehall icon is two months into his life sentence and already he is considering filing an appeal for a new trial. “Kartel is at a disadvantage any way you look at it but yet still he has a stronger case than Ninjaman so it makes perfect sense that he would want to wait on the outcome of that case to make his next move,” his rep added.

Dancehallhiphop.com reported last month that Kartel attorneys requested more time to prepare for the case and it was granted. Sources close to the incarcerated deejay told us that his attorneys became worried that Ninjaman’s highly publicized trial could have some impact on the outcome of his appeal case. “You just never know what could happen with these delicate cases and the fact that this may be his last chance at freedom, they want to get it right so I think they made the right decision to push back the case.”
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Ninjaman, real name Desmond Ballentine, has indicated that he is considering appealing his conviction, but our legal sources told us that his case was a slam dunk for the prosecution which makes it much harder for him to even get a green light from the appeal court. In the middle of Ninjaman’s trial, Vybz Kartel upcoming appeal was pushed back from February to July of next year and now we are learning the reasons behind the delay is because of Ninjaman’s trial. Related Posts

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Ninjaman’s Incarceration Left Gloomy Dancehall Christmas Party Season But just how much could a trial involving another dancehall deejay affect Kartel’s appeal? “Maybe they thought that Ninjaman conviction could sway the judges in some way shape or form so it was a smart move to have the trial push back further down the road,” sources said. “Unlike Kartel’s case which had a lot of things wrong with it, Ninja’s case was a slam dunk for the prosecutor who had solid witnesses in that case. That makes it much more difficult for the appeal court judges to approve an appeal.”
Both Vybz Kartel and Ninjaman are currently serving life in prison for murder, but the Gazanation deejay and his attorneys have one more shot to secure his freedom. The Don Gorgon will have to serve 25 years before being eligible for parole while the Worl’Boss will have to serve 35 years. Ninjaman murder conviction could affect Vybz Kartel appeal. The dancehall legend was convicted of murder on November 20, 2017, and was sentenced to life in prison for the crime.

Dancehallhiphop.com went in search for those answers and uncovered a malicious plot by some individuals to spread false news about the artist. What kind of people would want to do something like that. 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. “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. On Tuesday afternoon, rumors surfaced online claiming that Ninja Man died in the hospital from his recent heart attack. 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. Tweet
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Ninja Man is alive and in good spirit despite rumors late yesterday evening that the dancehall legend passed away. The man is battling a serious life threatening illness and they want to pronounce him dead before his time. “These reports are just plain malicious against someone who is fighting for their life in an unjust criminal justice system. The news sent some of his fans into a panic while searching for answers to their many questions. 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. 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.

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. Ninja Man is in police custody pending the outcome of the trial. The dancehall star’s attorney, Valrie Neita-Robertson, gave reporters an update on his medical condition. 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. “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. Cops say a number of eye witnesses identified the accused men of the killing, but they are maintaining their innocence. A high court judge halted the trial on Friday which eventually proceeded on Monday. 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. Tweet
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Ninja Man will require an emergency heart surgery following his collapse in court last week Friday. Get well soon Ninja Man 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. Ninja Man was brought to a local hospital by a police detail after he started complaining about chest pain and difficulty breathing.

The dancehall icon was remanded in custody yesterday after his attorney file court documents for a stay of proceedings. The Gorgon’s case has since seen 17 dates being pushed back and a total of 23 court hearings. An official trial date is not yet set, but the deejay is still behind bars up to the time of this publication. Cops say Ninja Man shot and killed Johnson following a dispute with his son on Mall Road, St Andrew. Last year, Ninja Man posted a video on social media ranting about the drawn out case while blasting the Jamaican justice system. Back in 2012, Ninja and his son were remanded in custody over said trial but the case was again postponed. High Court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, denied the application and ordered the artist to be jailed and the trial to commence. Ninja Man murder case has been going on since 2009, long before Vybz Kartel murder case, which was concluded in 2014. 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. 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. Tweet
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Ninja Man is currently in jail as his decade old murder case is set to commence in the Home Circuit Court.